Texas town hit with minor quake, no injuries

Texas town hit with minor quake, no injuries
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POSTED: Monday, November 8, 2010 - 2:04pm

UPDATED: Monday, November 8, 2010 - 2:28pm

CLEBURNE, Texas (AP) - Another small earthquake has shaken a Texas town that felt a series of minor quakes in 2009.

The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a 2.5-magnitude quake in Cleburne on Sunday night. No damage or injuries were reported.

In June and July of 2009, seven quakes with magnitudes between 2.1 and 2.8 were reported in or around Cleburne, which is 50 miles southwest of Dallas. Before last year, an earthquake had never hit the town of 22,000 people. That left some wondering whether natural gas drilling in the area could be a factor. A study on what may be causing the earthquakes is not yet complete.

Earlier this year another study linked the wastewater disposal process done after natural gas extraction - and not the drilling itself - to some minor earthquakes in other Dallas-Fort Worth area cities.

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What do you bet there's going to be a sinkhole in Cleburne in the next 5 years?

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