4.3 quake shakes up East Texas
May 17th, 2012
12:24 PM ET

4.3 quake shakes up East Texas

A 4.3-magnitude earthquake rattled eastern Texas early Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The quake, at a depth of three miles, was centered near Timpson, about 155 miles east-southeast of Dallas, according to the USGS.  It struck at 3:12 a.m. (4:13 a.m. ET).

At least one building in Timpson showed damage, with a number of bricks falling to the street below, CNN affiliate KLTV in Tyler, Texas, reported.

Ollie Barrett told KLTV that bricks from her chimney came crashing through her roof.

"There was a loud rumbling noise and then there was a lot of crashing," she said. Her 52-inch, wall-mounted TV was crushed.

One woman was injured when she fell out of bed and cut her arm, CNN affiliate KSLA in nearby Shreveport, Louisiana, reported.

And the Shelby County sheriff's office had reports of broken windows from the temblor, dispatcher Karen Shield told CNN.

The quake was the second to hit the area in a week.  A 3.9 quake shook Timpson May 10.

Thursday morning's earthquake was the third-strongest in East Texas history, KLTV reported, surpassed only by quakes in 1957 and 1964.

Cliff Frohlich, a University of Texas scientist, said it's possible the most recent quakes are related to energy production activity in the area.

"There are some injection wells in the part of the country where these earthquakes occurred," Frolich told CNN. "If they were very close to an injection well, that would suggest they were."

Injection wells are used in the disposal of dirty water from energy production, Frohlich said.

Frohlich said injection wells should not be confused with fracking, a process which involves injecting water, sand and some chemicals deep into the earth to crack shale rock, which frees oil and gas.

"Fracking almost never causes quakes," Frohlich said.

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  1. Old Driller

    *not counting local muslims who accept cash bribes and turn renegade, fighting on the side of the invading infidels, even murdering their own spiritual brothers! (sort of like Hitler's catholics killing Rossevelt and Truman's catholics during WWiI) How weak these wars would be without religions.
    Bannish organized religions from planet earth so we can have a little peace and quiet. ty

    May 17, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. AgrippaMT

    Too bad some of the bricks didn't fall on GWBush's head. Well, better luck next time maybe.

    May 17, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Old Driller

    No. I know that a person who makes fun of God and then votes for a believer is in fact a hypocrite by definition.

    May 17, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. All the Presidents Godz

    Obamas god says you'll burn in hell if you cheat on your taxes (steal) unrepentantly. (over and over again) And that when you die, you either goto heaven or burn in hell.
    Romney's god is not the same god. Romney teaches that the 12 tribes of Israel will come to N. America and rebuild Solomons Temple, currently being owned by Muslims in Israel. And that Christ will rule as King of the World.
    The True God of the bible puts it another way: Sell all of your belongings and follow Jesus and obey God as ruler rather than men. "If they loved me [Jesus] they would follow my commands" says God's word.

    May 17, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • LinSea

      Did you happen to miss the part where this article is about an earthquake?

      May 17, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Natalia

      God doesn't exist.

      May 17, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. what what

    Dont forget about those massive underground tunnels the airforce built back in the 60's that connect to large dumbs about 2-3 miles underground. my friend mans a dumb in iraaq tx he says there 7 story buildings in there. remember all those earthquakes awhile back on the east coast my friend said those were nuke blast underground to break connection from all other bases. its funny how it happened the same day cia was moving to colorado.

    May 17, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • derrick bize

      thx what what, people just dont think 2 take the k off my name sometimes 2 really c whats up, hint hint!!!!!

      May 17, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • killuminati

      my bad!

      May 17, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • wowzerz

      the cia moved to colorado? and now a ufo has been spotted over denver? zomg conspiracys

      May 17, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bob in Texas

    "Cliff Frohlich, a University of Texas scientist, said it's possible the most recent quakes are related to energy production activity in the area."

    Ya think?

    May 17, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. craig

    Maybe it was God, reminding Texas once again that he's tired of them executing innocent people.

    May 17, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • josh

      maybe it was God saying that they need to hurry up with the express lane

      May 17, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Scamtannehill

    Any chance it could have shaken Texas right into the twentieth century ? (Wishful thinking)

    May 17, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sharkman

    Two quakes in east Texas in the last two weeks and there has not been a quake there since the USGS started keeping records in 1900. I hope this is not going to be a New Madrid kind of thing.

    May 17, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sharkman

      On 5/10.2012 there was a 3.9 quake in the same place.

      May 17, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. FelipeBR

    Let's hope this summer burns texas down.

    May 17, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Armand Days

    The earquake was felt on Coahuila , Mexico with intensity of 6 ! In this Mountains and desert zone of Mexico , never has been shake by earthquakes

    May 17, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. beckyblanton

    Actually, Nostradamus predicted a MAJOR earthquake on May 20, 2012. This is probably just a warm-up to that one. Wait until Sunday. Was Nostradamus right or not?

    May 17, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lynzer

    It's the New Madrid seismic zone warming up for the big one.....:)

    May 17, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      You may be right about that one big time!

      May 20, 2012 at 4:59 am | Report abuse |
  14. fernace

    Texas has more fault lines running through it than California! We've been experiencing quite a few quakes in the past few years, but most haven't made it beyond the 3.O mark! They also seem to be located in the northeastern part of my state! This has nothing to do w/God or politics! We live on a live planet & Gaia had the hiccups in Texas, that's all!!

    May 18, 2012 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
    • mindyourmanners

      Mark, please don't call people goats, it's not kind nor christian. no human should ever pass judgment on whether someone is a sheep or goat. personally, I wouldn't want that job. one negative remark could crush someone. we wouldn't want to be guilty of causing a person hurt.

      May 20, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. sparrow59

    Have lived in Texas 60 years. Never heard of earthquakes until recently. Obviously caused by fracking etc.

    May 18, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Network

      Obviously not. Fraking doesn't cause earth quakes. Thats a total lie

      May 18, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
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