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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    Yeah, no common sense alloowed

    October 20, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • FOX Wire

      OMG! its all because of global warming

      October 20, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • punjabi luv's

      Im wondering when naustradamu's statement of 2012 ww3 comes true? In his book wrote in the 1600's he stated ww3 will start in the beginning to middle quarter of 2012.

      I guess we wait to see if it was a hack.


      October 20, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat2u


    I can't help myself today. I guess I'm going for the weak minded like Wha??? today. The amazing thing is I didn't even know I was doing it. That's pretty cool. Succeed when you don't even try.

    October 20, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ling Cho

    No. No earthquakes here. Ground no shaky. Mi y muy son Pedro were out flying kytes today y there was no earthquake. Would you like to buy some burritos? Our tacos y burritos es muy muy bueno. Only 75 centavos.

    October 20, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Bobcat2u and Bimbo:

    It's always a bonus when it comes a surprise, right?

    Chadley is busy on other blogs right now.

    October 20, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pedro'

    Si. Me dads burritos berry berry guud. Arso makes guuud ro mein nooduhs. Chicken fried rice. Crab rangoon. Berry berry guuuud.

    October 20, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Vivian

    At 7:20 am, god gave Patricia Hardeman a subtle hint that she shouldn't be reading that tripe.

    October 20, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    That made me laugh, thanks!

    October 20, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    Hey banasy and s kel. It looks like CNN got peed off at you both for the Amish talk this morning. See page 1 of the Gadhafi images thread. Now your in trouble. For some reason the rest of us got away with it, though.

    My alter ego WittenDog checked out the new site that they went to the trouble to set up. Nothing going on there.

    October 20, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. pmn

    Huh, what?! No way, I live in Central Texas transplanted from AK..I know earthquakes. I am sure with an earthquake with that magnitude we could feel it in Austin area. No shaking here. Or we might have thought it was a Semi Truck..maybe it was lol. They can shake the ground quite a bit.

    October 20, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    I doubt it was actually CNN that just did that.
    Why do you think it was for s kel and I?
    Maybe it's Chad, and all his incarnations.
    Anyway, whoop di do. More fun here, anyway.

    October 20, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    Oh, unless it was put under our names...I don't get that on my phone.

    October 20, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Pedro'


    October 20, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. vatoloke

    Se esta acabando el mundo(It's the end of the world).

    October 20, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. punjabi luv's

    Earthquake was felt here in vancouver b.c when my igloo callapsed.

    October 20, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Vandy

    Oh God save the world............

    October 20, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
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