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. vatoloke

    Frickin' frackin' frequently much?

    May 17, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. AJW3

    We are all begatted and smited.

    May 17, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  3. omg

    It amazes me how such events can trigger the stupidity in people to make such ignorant comments!

    May 17, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mojo

    If it is not big, the Texans will not get impressed. A puny 4.3 earthquake will not excite the Texans. Yawn.zzz........

    May 17, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • humberto

      At least the rocks didn't catch on fire.

      May 17, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Aaron Chaney

      Romney vs. Frankenstein (Obama)

      Put simply, better the devil you don't know. Vote Romney.

      May 17, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Jimmy Cracks Capricorns

      But a volcano? Yeeee-haaaaa light er up!!!

      May 17, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. cWhatsNew

    These frequent, small seismic activities often lead to major quakes for which the general population and the buildings in most of US are not prepared. Be on your watch, get some knowledge.

    May 17, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  6. What~

    @ Evian Bidet

    Praying does not get you in to heaven, beliving in the Lord Jesus Christ, The bible clearly states one gets to the Father But through Jesus Christ.

    May 17, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • jim

      What if it's fiction?

      May 17, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Captain Obvious

      The bible also clearly states the Earth was created in six days. So much for the "knowledge" of ancient civilizations.

      May 17, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Greg in Texas

      The Bible doesn't clearly state anything. If it did, there wouldn't be so many different interpretations of it.

      May 17, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Anon

      Original Christianity has degenerated into its present state of a shallow believism.

      May 17, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      My god does not believe in your god

      May 17, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. humberto

    probably buried all thoes prairie dogs and ants in their burrows.

    May 17, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  8. dreamer96

    Oh earthquake in Texas...And T. Boone Pickens was on Morning Joe this morning making jokes about natural gas fracking wells causing earthquakes..no way he says...they do not cause any problems with water contamination either..and he says we already have hundreds or thousands of natural gas fracking wells going through that aquifer from north Texas to North Dakota, and that under ground water is fine..ops and then along comes an earthquake and suddenly new cracks connection the fracking wells to the under ground water...and all our underground water from Texas, to North Dakota, is undrinkable...and unusable for corn crops...

    May 17, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • tpbco

      Thanks for demonstrating to everyone that you know absolutely nothing about the subject.

      May 17, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • humberto

      Buy my crap and send me money to change the climate or it'll be the law.

      May 17, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  9. EDJ

    What the FRACK??!!

    May 17, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • CJAB

      Yep, fracking for sure. Doubt they will really admit it.

      May 17, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  10. jim

    I'm glad I'm in California. Texas is a dangerous place for earthquakes.

    May 17, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  11. Ryan in Texas

    They were not fracking when the bigger quakes happened.
    Also, there were no measurements in this part of the world going back before the bigger quakes were measured.
    So we literally have 50 years of data on geology that works on a timeframe measured in millions of years.
    So much larger quakes have happened there before, and will again.

    May 17, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  12. GbreadMan

    Guess the Ohio fracking-waste dump got moved to TX.

    May 17, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  13. joshua

    see dr owour a prophet among us. read deuteronomy 18 to confirm.

    May 17, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  14. t casper

    Since when is 3:12 Central – 4:13 Eastern?

    May 17, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • mb2010a

      Texas is always 1 hour and 1 minute behind the east coast...dontcha know. There also Republicans, which says alot...

      May 17, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  15. Captain Obvious

    Google "fracking in texas map" and you'll see that's one of the most heavily fracked areas in the U.S. Purely coincidental, of course.

    May 17, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      I was working on a well in 1968 and we fracked it, I don't know how long before that they began fracking.

      May 17, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
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