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. mb2010a

    I wonder if the casinos in Shreveport felt anything? Why do these things alway happen when I'm asleep? Inquiring minds want to know...

    May 17, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mary

    I have lived in earthquake territory all my life. I don't like them at all! But it helps to be prepared. Check out the following site: http://www.bloggersafety.blogspot.com
    There's a link to a free color earthquake/disaster guide.

    May 17, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. C NOTE

    If you think gas is high now stop fracking and see how much it cost to go occupy wal lstreet!

    May 17, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. b


    May 17, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • rapierpoint

      Actually, despite what various concerned people are posting, fracking appears to have had nothing to do with either recent quake.

      May 17, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • tct

      Impossible, fracking can't cause the lateral motion.

      May 17, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. noel

    mb2010a, We know we are republicans. we also know that they're is a contraction short for they are. Please get an education and become one of us. The DIMocRATS have enough idiots in their party. They are, after all, the party of the sodomists, the welfare do nothings, the big union bosses, and the socialists/communists. THAT, JR., is a FACT!!!

    May 17, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • AJ

      In other words, the Democrats are inclusive, whereas the Republicans are exclusive. They accept only those that will toe the party line, as determined by the wealthiest.

      May 17, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      This is your idea of being educated? Hmmmm. Interesting evidence...

      May 17, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Darius

    I'm surprised nobody is screaming HAARP. People want their HAARP conspiracy theory to be true so desperately, that they'll make up anything.

    May 17, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      I don't know if HAARP is doing any harm but it isn’t a theory. Four Governments have installations working every day.

      May 17, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ron

    Smack dab in the middle of the major fracking zone in Texas.

    May 17, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  8. kmac

    It has nothing to do with production. But for me keep the oil prices high. Panhandle towns love the income.

    May 17, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Panhandle??? You idiot this is about 400 miles from the panhandle.

      May 17, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. noel

    Obongo will tell you it's W's fault!, like everything else he has failed to manage;))) Poor empty suit the DIMocRATS keep trying to defend. Hate to break the news folks, he's been a disaster. He has, however, made me a fortune in the oil business.

    May 17, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • john

      Your W. was the disaster

      May 17, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. MarySUE

    Fault lines & solar activity! It's called SCIENCE u Silly People!

    May 17, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  11. noel

    c note... DIMS don't understand common sense. They prefer to listen to the Al Gores of the world. Al Gore invented the internet, when nobody bought it, he invented Global Warming. He has made a fortune on these gomers!!! Intelligent folks understand that there has always been climate change. It's cyclical folks, and not a damned thing man can do about it to this point. Enjoy the ride!

    May 17, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. MarySUE

    Bible quoter's r silly. I believe n GOD, but everything wrong is just not GODS fault @ all!

    May 17, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christopher Wood

      It depends on how you want to define 'fault'. "God" knows everythig that's going to happen before it happens, correct? So he knows if a person's child is going to be and killed by car today, correct? If GOD does nothing to stop it, could you not argue that it is his fault? yes, of course it is, and christians actually do admit this, they jsut sugar coat it by saying 'it's GOD's will'.

      May 17, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Earth Says What?

    People, I have fault lines. I'm squirming. I move. It's happened long before fracking. It's just ma thang.

    May 17, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Christopher Wood

    The Mayans were right the END IS NEAR!!!!!!

    May 17, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. DrCarrington

    Strange how the next article on the CNN list is about fracking being banned in Vermont. You can be sure that fracking is the cause of earthquakes when spokespersons and friends of the family say..."There is no evidence".

    May 17, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
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