October 20th, 2011
11:44 AM ET

4.6 earthquake strikes near San Antonio

A rare 4.6-magnitude earthquake struck 50 miles south-southeast of San Antonio, Texas, the U.S. Geological Survey reported Thursday. The earthquake was just over 2 miles deep.

The earthquake was felt in Wilson County, Atascosa County and Bexar County, making it the largest to hit the area since 1993, when a 4.3-magnitude quake shook the area, WOAI reported, citing the U.S. Geological Survey.

"I felt the earthquake this morning around 7:20. I was sitting on my love seat in my bedroom reading my Bible. I felt a swaying movement. My husband was in the shower. He felt nothing," Patricia Hardeman, of southeast San Antonio told WOAI. "I lived in California most of my life and knew it was an earthquake."

Employees were briefly evacuated from the a federal building in downtown San Antonio and allowed to return inside just before 9 a.m., the San Antonio Express-News reported, citing Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Fernie Karl.

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  1. Speedy Gonazles

    Holy frjoles

    October 20, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Internet cop

      Ha ha. You spelled frijoles wrong. That means you are a loser and your "joke" is lame. I am a winner for pointing this out and there will be many posters who will compliment me on my observation.

      October 20, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grammar police

      hahaha to internet cop!!! I compliment you on your observation!

      October 20, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cyber Sheriff

      L0L. Good Job Internet cop!

      October 20, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Uh, no, Cop, not so much.

    Hope everything is okay down there.
    Awaiting fernace's report.

    October 20, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Another guy

    Ya Internet cop, smarten up.

    October 20, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mario

    4.6 ? No big deal. Wake me up at 7.0

    October 20, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. pmk1953

    Is Perry going to have another pray-in? It worked so well for rain, the fires and the economy.

    October 20, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wha???

      Darn clever, attacking Perry for an earthquake.

      Why didn't I think of that?


      October 20, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • sonic10158

      the typical hateful liberal. When a NATURAL event takes place, the liberals spin it into politics. Idiots

      October 20, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat2u

    Drought, wildfires, earthquake. What's next locusts and pestilence ?
    Looks like Texas is running the gamut this year.
    Hope everyone is ok.

    October 20, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    Don't encourage you-know-who's.

    October 20, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. oldman100

    Good! I hope a massive chasm opens up and swallows the entire city...except for the hot chics. San Antonio has some seriously smoking hot Hispanic chicas.

    October 20, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer Lopez

      At 100, you couldn't handle it, oldman.

      October 20, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat2u

    You're right, it doesn't take much to encourage the blah blah blah.

    October 20, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Wha???

    Wow. Attacking Rick Perry and Christians all because of a lousy 4.6 earthquake. @bobcat and @banasy: You guys must be proud of yourselves with such rapier wit.

    Guess you put Christians in their place, huh? A level of humiliation it will take many days to get over. How will they ever survive?

    October 20, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u

      What the hell you smokin dude ?

      October 20, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      Chad? Is that you? You can't fool me. I recognize your unique brand of logic. The only thing missing is a reference to butt babies.

      October 20, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    You got all that from you-know-who's and blah-blah-blah's?
    Let me guess. You got the gold in conclusion-jumping at the Olympics, right?
    Go back to your pipe, please,

    October 20, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    Still laughing my head off @Wha???

    October 20, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sparky

    I live in San Antonio. Please note that Rick Perry prayed for rain and brought fire to Texas. For that he does not have my vote. I cannot support the Anti-Christ.

    October 20, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • sonic10158

      I'm going to believe you are being sarcastic. Otherwise you'd be just a dumb person. If you are being serious: If the Texas wildfires were Rick Perry's fault, would the California wildfires that come there be the democrats' fault?

      October 20, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Elizabeth

    We had an earthquake in NM two days ago – along our 600 mile long fault in the Rio Grande Rift. I have to figure that pressure lets off in one place, and builds in another. Then it has to let off somewhere else... It's all connected under there, after all.

    October 20, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    Hey bobcat and banasy. Quit it, OK. Making people upset like that. Watch it.

    October 20, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
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