4.1 magnitude earthquake reported in ETX
POSTED: Monday, September 2, 2013 - 4:13pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 12:23pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) —
According to the United States Geographical Survey, a 4.1 magnitude earthquake has shaken parts of East Texas.
USGS says the earthquake hit just two miles west northwest of Timpson at 4:52 p.m., Monday.
Timpson is 25 miles northeast of Nacogdoches and 40 miles southeast of Kilgore.
KETK spoke with residents of that area who said the earthquake was felt in Mt. Enterprise at 4:55 p.m.
KETK Facebook fans are saying the earthquake was also felt in Gary, Carthage, Gladewater, White Oak and Appleby. Aftershocks have been reported as far as Tyler and are reaching a 4.0 magnitude.
USGS also reported multiple other earthquakes that have hit the East Texas area in the past few years:
January 29, 2013 - 2.8 earthquake
May 26, 2012 - 2.5 earthquake
May 20, 2012 - 2.7 earthquake
December 7, 2012 - 2.8 earthquake
May 10, 2012 - 4.3 earthquake
- May 17, 2012 - 4.3 earthquake with one elderly woman injured
Some residents believe the cause of the earthquakes is fracking. Fracking is the fracturing of rock by a pressurized liquid. John Carr, a geologist with Carr Enterprises, disagrees with the fracking theory saying the quakes are from natural causes.
No injuries are being reported at this time, but in the May 17, 2012, quake, an elderly woman was injured after the shake caused her to fall out of bed and cut her arm.
Texas earthquake history from USGS:
According to USGS, on January 8, 1891, violent shaking of buildings and a few toppled chimneys were reported from Rusk. These effects were evaluated as intensity VII, although other towns in eastern Texas along a northeast- southwest line through Rusk experienced tornadoes and sudden, violent wind storms producing effects similar to, and in some cases more damaging than, those in Rusk.
Four shocks over six hours affected an area of about 26,000 square kilometers in northeastern Texas and bordering portions of Arkansas and Louisiana on March 19, 1957. Press reports noted that a few objects were upset and at least one or two windows were broken. Newspaper office and police station switchboards were swamped with calls from alarmed residents. Intensity V effects were felt at Diana, Elkhart, Gladewater, Marshall, Nacogdoches, and Troup, Texas, and Magnolia, Arkansas.
The Timpson Fire Department is warning citizens to remember if they smell gas in their homes to leave and call their gas provider from a safe location.
Details are limited but KETK will update information as it becomes available.