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Shallow Quakes Continue to Rattle AL, OK, TX, WY, WA, MT, NV, CA

Posted by feww on December 9, 2013

Another shallow quake strikes near Mineral Wells, Texas

An earthquake measuring 3.7Mw rattled Mineral Wells , Texas on Monday.

Centered at 32.957°N, 98.061°W, the quake struck at a depth of 5.0km (3.1mi) on Monday at 09:23UTC, reported USGS/EHP.

The epicenter was located about 48km (30mi) W of Azle, Texas, and 282km  S of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Earthquake Location Map

 

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30-day 2-5mw-s
Map of earthquakes measuring 2.5Mw greater during the past 30 Days. Source: USGS/EHP

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M3.6 Quake Strikes Azle, Texas

Posted by feww on December 9, 2013

Shallow earthquake measuring 3.6Mw strikes 3km NW of Azle, Texas

The event was  the latest of more than two dozen quakes to strike the region since early November.

Earthquake Details [USGS/EHP]
Magnitude: 3.6Mw
Depth: 5.0km
Location: 32.915°N 97.577°W
Time: 2013-12-08 06:10:03 UTC
Nearby Cities:

  • 3km (2mi) NW of Azle, Texas
  • 20km (12mi) WNW of Saginaw, Texas
  • 20km (12mi) NNW of White Settlement, Texas
  • 26km (16mi) NE of Weatherford, Texas
  • 283km (176mi) S of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Earthquake Location Map

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Source: USGS/EHP

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Earthquake No. 19 Strikes N. Texas

Posted by feww on November 29, 2013

STAY TUNED for Important Announcements Concerning the State of Texas Starting Late 2014

M3.1 Strikes near Reno, Texas

Earthquakes in the Stable Continental Region

A magnitude 3.1 earthquake, the 19 to strike northern Texas in the past 24 days,  occurred at 06:39 UTC November 29, 2013 .

  • Magnitude: 3.1Mw
  • Event Time: 2013-11-29 06:14:10 UTC [2013-11-29 00:14:10 UTC-06:00 at epicenter]
  • Location: 32.899°N 97.626°W
  • Depth: 5.0km (3.1mi)
  • Nearby Cities
    • 6km (4mi) SW of Reno, Texas
    • 7km (4mi) W of Azle, Texas
    • 22km (14mi) NE of Weatherford, Texas
    • 22km (14mi) NW of White Settlement, Texas
    • 285km (177mi) S of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Texas and Oklahoma Earthquakes Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP

EQ 19 northern TexasTexas Earthquakes Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP

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List of Texas Earthquakes measuring 2.5Mw or greater since November 6, 2013 [Excludes No. 19, listed above.]  Source: USGS/EHP – Prepared by FIRE-EARTH Blog – Nov. 29, 2013.

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Induced Seismicity

As is the case elsewhere in the world, there is evidence that some central and eastern North America earthquakes have been triggered or caused by human activities that have altered the stress conditions in earth’s crust sufficiently to induce faulting. Activities that have induced felt earthquakes in some geologic environments have included

    • Impoundment of water behind dams
    • Injection of fluid into the earth’s crust,
    • Extraction of fluid or gas, and
    • Removal of rock in mining or quarrying operations.

In much of eastern and central North America, the number of earthquakes suspected of having been induced is much smaller than the number of natural earthquakes, but in some regions, such as the south-central states of the U.S., a significant majority of recent earthquakes are thought by many seismologists to have been human-induced. Even within areas with many human-induced earthquakes, however, the activity that seems to induce seismicity at one location may be taking place at many other locations without inducing felt earthquakes. In addition, regions with frequent induced earthquakes may also be subject to damaging earthquakes that would have occurred independently of human activity. […] —USGS

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