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Dallas Earthquake: Magnitude 3.5 Temblor Startles Residents

By    |   Tuesday, 06 Jan 2015 05:14 PM

A magnitude 3.5 earthquake near Dallas, Texas, on Tuesday afternoon shook the area and startled residents.

The earthquake, confirmed by the U.S. Geological Survey, was believed to be centered east-northeast of Irving, occurring at about 3:10 p.m. Tuesday.

Tuesday’s temblor marks the 16th earthquake near Irving since the beginning of November and is the strongest to hit North Texas since Dec. 8, 2013, CBS Dallas noted.

A new seismometer was planted near Irving on Monday, with an aim of studying the cluster of recent tremors in the area, The Dallas Morning News said.

SMU seismologist Brian Stump will address the Irving City Council on Jan. 15 regarding the ongoing North Texas Earthquake Study.

“There has been a significant increase in earthquakes in the Fort Worth basin since October 2008,” Stump told the Dallas Morning News. “It’s important to all of us to learn as much as we can about them.”

A 2.4-magnitude earthquake hit Irving on New Year’s Day, the 17th quake recorded since September.

Residents are speculating about the cause of the increase in seismic activity, with some pointing to such things as the implosion of Texas Stadium in 2010 and hydraulic fracturing.

Twitter users commented about Tuesday’s quake.











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