4.1 earthquake reported in ETX

USGS
Monday, September 2, 2013 - 6:03pm

According to the United States Geographical Survey, a 4.1 has shaken parts of East Texas.

USGS says the earthquake hit just two miles west northwest of Timpson at 4:52 p.m., Monday.

Timpson is 16 miles northwest of Center and 26 miles southwest of Carthage.

KMSS spoke with residents of that area who said the earthquake was felt in Mt. Enterprise at 4:55 p.m.

Sister station KETK Facebook fans are saying the earthquake was also felt in Gary, Carthage, Gladewater, White Oak and Appleby.

USGS also reported multiple other earthquakes that have hit the East Texas area in the past few years:

January 29, 2013 - 2.8 earthquake
May 26, 2012 - 2.5 earthquake
May 20, 2012 - 2.7 earthquake
December 7, 2012 - 2.8 earthquake
May 10, 2012 - 4.3 earthquake
May 17, 2012 - 4.3 earthquake with one elderly woman injured

Some residents believe the cause of the earthquakes is fracking. Fracking is the fracturing of rock by a pressurized liquid. John Carr, a geologist with Carr Enterprises, disagrees with the fracking theory saying the quakes are from natural causes.

No injuries are being reported at this time, but in the May 17, 2012, quake, an elderly woman was injured after the shake caused her to fall out of bed and cut her arm.

The Timpson Fire Department is warning citizens to remember if they smell gas in their homes to leave and call their gas provider from a safe location.

Details are limited but KMSS will update information as it becomes available.

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The culprit of earthquakes near fracking sites is not believed to be the act of drilling and fracturing the shale itself, but rather the disposal wells. Disposal wells are the final resting place for used drilling fluid. These waste wells are located thousands of feet underground, encased in layers of concrete. They usually store the waste from several different wells.There are more than 50,000 disposal wells in Texas servicing more than 216,000 active drilling wells, according the the Railroad

John Carr can disagree all he want to , I'm sure he has investments in the oil industry .Ohio has outlawed Fracking because of earthquakes . The culprit of earthquakes near fracking sites is not believed to be the act of drilling and fracturing the shale itself, but rather the disposal wells. Disposal wells are the final resting place for used drilling fluid. These waste wells are located thousands of feet underground, encased in layers of concrete. They usually store the waste from

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