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. russell

    I didn't feel no earthquake, but a 4.3 is rather uneventful, even in the middle of the day.

    May 17, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • vidal808

      oh, it was the aftershock of Rick Perry's campaign fior President, agrevated by George Bush's announcement that he is writing a book how to fix the US economy

      May 17, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • marycontrary

      Uneventful?? Third largest quake in Texas history is uneventful? This is Texas not Quakin' Cali.

      May 17, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      It was updated to 4.8 and you'll feel 'em soon enough ol boy. Matthew 24 ....earthquakes in divers places said Jesus. They'll be coming at ya more and more as this system quakes to its very end.

      May 20, 2012 at 5:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. fire

    2012 incoming

    May 17, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • professionalscold

      Apparently 2012 is already here. It says so in the corner of my PC.

      May 17, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. snowdogg

    In oil field... deep drilling... any connection?

    May 17, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. KAI


    May 17, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  5. Romney's Fault

    Romney's Fault...

    get it?

    May 17, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • KAI


      May 17, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  6. nagrom

    What the Frack??!!! Pray Rick Pray! The sky is falling!! Time to secede from the UNION!

    May 17, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  7. Linda

    Yes we are living in the last days mathew chapter 24 verse 7 for nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom take a look at the news today and there will be famines pestilences and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows and verse fourteen and thir gospel will be preached throughout the whole world then the end will come you can either believe this or not its your choice

    May 17, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Everett Wallace

      Somebody been reading the Holy Bible, you are soooo correct. This is food for thought the last days began in the Garden of Eden, when adam and eve ate from the tree of knowledge of Good and evil. Good look linda.

      May 17, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Sherron

      I'll go with Not

      May 17, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      Okay, I think I will "not" worry about what some Bronze age Goat Herders thought might happen to the world.

      May 17, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      There has been WARS, Famine, earthquakes and pestilences since time began. we are still here. conditions are better than during either world war. if there was a GOD he would do better than this

      May 17, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Everett Wallace

    That's GOD THE HOLYSPIRIT! speaking HE can be very destructive also, HE is not pleased with what has been taking place concerning ME!

    May 17, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • BigHwasdemo

      Then I suggest you get right with the lord!

      May 17, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. s

    who cares, it is Texas

    May 17, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  10. michaelfrivero

    Any fracking going on in that area?

    May 17, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jim

    Apparently not everything is bigger in Texas

    May 17, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  12. Sharky

    Fracking is causing earthquakes all over the country.

    May 17, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  13. Al in Texas

    It's all Rick Perry and his band of dudes'/dudette's fault. It says so in the bibile: Leviticus 3, Deutoronomy 4, Jackson 5.

    May 17, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  14. Corwin7

    I TOLD you we should have voted for Rickie Santorum!!!

    May 17, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  15. C NOTE

    Quake was at 3 miles deep...the area that is being fracked is around 11000' deep so the quake is bout a mile deeper than the zone of production. Maybe conected...maybe not.

    May 17, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
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