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Published on : Friday, November 29, 2013
Some of the residents in Palo Pinto County and Jack County were shaken awake on Thanksgiving morning, as two earthquakes rattled the area in the early hours. These areas have been witnessing a string if earthquakes during the past few months.
The first 3.6-magnitude quake hit just before 2:00 a.m. about nine miles north of Mineral Wells. The second earthquake was not much farther away, a 2.8-magnitude quake centered about 15 miles northwest in Mineral Wells. There have been no reports of damages.
North Texas has been feeling a string of earthquakes — more than a dozen — over the past few weeks. Most have been centered around Azle, with the most recent one being on Tuesday morning. All of those quakes have registered between 2.0 and 3.6 in magnitude. Those who live in the small town have grown concerned.
Azle leaders have called on state officials to have geologists investigate the cause of these quakes. “The citizens are concerned,” said Azle Assistant City Manager Lawrence Bryant at a city council meeting. “They should be.”
“If it’s a man-made cause, it would be nice to know,” Bryant added. A professor at the University of Texas at Austin is studying possible correlations seismic activity and the drilling of waste water injection and disposal wells. There are 15 such wells near Azle.
Officials with the U.S. Geological Survey said that these low-level earthquakes were not strong enough to cause any significant damage, but there is no way of knowing if a stronger quake will follow.