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Oil Drilling Likely Caused Texas Earthquake

Posted by feww on May 17, 2009

Magnitude 3.3 Quake Strikes Northern Texas

Texas quake likely caused by oil and natural gas drilling activities—Moderators, blog contributors

See below for pictorial evidence / record of

1. Location. The proximity of epicenter to fault zones (quaternary fault and fold deformation).

2. Depth.

3. Historic Seismicity.

Earthquake Details

Magnitude: 3.3

  • Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 16:24:06 UTC
  • Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 11:24:06 AM at epicenter

Location:  32.796°N, 97.091°W
Depth:  5 km (3.1 miles) set by location program

  • 6 km (4 miles) S (179°) from Euless, TX
  • 7 km (4 miles) SE (141°) from Bedford, TX
  • 9 km (6 miles) ESE (118°) from Hurst, TX
  • 11 km (7 miles) NNE (16°) from Arlington, TX
  • 28 km (18 miles) W (269°) from Dallas, TX

Location Uncertainty:  horizontal +/- 9 km (5.6 miles); depth fixed by location program
Parameters:  NST= 11, Nph= 11, Dmin=44.5 km, Rmss=0.86 sec, Gp= 94°, M-type=”Nuttli” surface wave magnitude (mbLg), Version=6


Event ID:  us2009gsba

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West Texas Quaternary Fault and Fold Information for Texas. USGS/Cooperator Texas Bureau of Economic Geology

Gulf of Mexico coastal region: Areas of Quaternary deformation and faulting. (USGS). Click here for Gulf-margin normal faults, Texas and adjacent areas.

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