October 20th, 2011
11:44 AM ET

4.6 earthquake strikes near San Antonio

A rare 4.6-magnitude earthquake struck 50 miles south-southeast of San Antonio, Texas, the U.S. Geological Survey reported Thursday. The earthquake was just over 2 miles deep.

The earthquake was felt in Wilson County, Atascosa County and Bexar County, making it the largest to hit the area since 1993, when a 4.3-magnitude quake shook the area, WOAI reported, citing the U.S. Geological Survey.

"I felt the earthquake this morning around 7:20. I was sitting on my love seat in my bedroom reading my Bible. I felt a swaying movement. My husband was in the shower. He felt nothing," Patricia Hardeman, of southeast San Antonio told WOAI. "I lived in California most of my life and knew it was an earthquake."

Employees were briefly evacuated from the a federal building in downtown San Antonio and allowed to return inside just before 9 a.m., the San Antonio Express-News reported, citing Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Fernie Karl.

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  1. Charlie Avila

    Since last year I've been warning people that the continuous oil burning is the direct responssible for the climate changes, the earthquakes and it is NOT mother nature, like some people want the public opinion to believe. The ice that once was part of the glaciers and poles, is melted today due to the greenhouse effect, and climate changes. so, this Monster storm that threat Alaska, is caused by the oil burning of the oil companies.

    November 8, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Charlie Avila

    There will be a so strong earthquake, that it will separate the United States into two territories. The separation border, will be the MISSISSIPPI river. And this event will occur very soon!!!!. There are already several quakes hitting the USA continental in land and it is "RARE"!!!... One strong, destructive and MONSTER quake will hit the USA, right in its center. And with the time, several other quakes will hit the planet at the same time. Be aware, that the melted ice from the glaciers and poles, are holding the plate tectonic movements. And the more melted ice, the more quakes will hit the planet, until the day when one planetary quake will hit the planet as a whole.

    November 8, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dustin

      Actually, it largely has to do with ancient mountain ranges and/or fault lines, this is 8th grade stuff.

      November 8, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      If that's case lets start the Republican cattle drive west and stock the Mississippi with gators lined with an electric fence, imagine how much more Congress could get done.

      November 13, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Satan

    Don't worry, morons. I'm not planning anything in your lifetimes or childrens' or grandchildrens'. After that, though, who knows...

    November 8, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Eyes wide open

    Alright Satan Quit trying to make people feel safe with a false sense of security. I know what you're up to.

    November 9, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
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