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. Rickyg

    I live in Anchorage Alaska we had a 4.6 yesterday morning it was no big deal it didn't even make it on CNN ha

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

    I told myself fracking before even reading the first word of this article. I wonder what the insurance industry has to say about all this damage being caused by the oil and gas industry.

    May 17, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*jim

      You're funny. Do you actually believe what you wrote? If you do, I truly am sorry.

      May 17, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BOMBO ©

    I'm just waiting for this blog to report a California quake, so I can quote Maynard Keenan.

    So get ready, L Ron Hubbard and all his clones, get ready all you gun toting hip gangster wannabees........

    May 17, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. John Doe

    world is coming to an end and we all know it as we speak.

    May 17, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JESUS

    Don't make me come down there!

    May 17, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dreamer96

    It really does not matter if the fracking wells cause earthquakes...What bothers me is T. Boone Pickens says we already have 1,000's of fracking wells going through the Aquifer from North Texas, to North Dakota..these current fracking wells run through and down under the Aquifer.to the natural gas bearing rock layers under the Aquifer..and what if a earthquake bends the pipes, opens new cracks in the rock layers so the aquifer and oil/natural gas wells mix..what do we have then..We poked 1,000 holes in the rock layers between the Aquifer and the oil/gas deposits..

    May 17, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bellaluna

    Maybe God's trying tell them something.

    May 17, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Terry

    What the frack is going on in the Texas Oil Fields?

    May 17, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. 2012marandalaw

    Texas Again?Your Kiddin?

    May 17, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. EJ in Metro Houston

    uh oh Rick Perry better get ready to call another prayer session.

    May 17, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. SeeBee

    So now Central Time is 61 minutes earlier than Eastern Time? When was that changed?

    May 17, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • AJsWinner

      The Central time zone is really way behind...read Fashionista!

      May 17, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. 111Dave111

    "It struck at 3:12 a.m. (4:13 a.m. ET)."

    May 17, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Onegood1

    The quake is said to have occurred near Bush's fault.

    May 17, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tweedledee

    It's JEEBUS!!!! JEEBUS made the earff shake! We are all gunna die eventually!!!! OY VEY!

    May 17, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. andrina

    who cares

    May 17, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
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