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Three Minor Earthquakes Recorded in Parker County

10 quakes recorded this month in Azle area

By Frank Heinz
|  Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014  |  Updated 10:30 AM CDT
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Three Minor Quakes Shake Parker County

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The USGS pinpointed the locations of the three earthquakes Tuesday. The first quake, at 11:57 a.m., was centered at 32.939°N 97.607°W, the yellow pin. The blue pin represents the 2.8-magnitude earthquake that was centered at 32.901°N 97.586°W six minutes later. The third quake, a magnitude 3.6, was located at the red pin at at 32.919°N 97.558°W.

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Three more minor earthquakes were recorded in Parker County on Tuesday, bringing the total in the area to 10 since the beginning of the month.

Tuesday's quakes were recorded by the U.S. Geological Survey at 11:57 a.m.12:03 p.m. and 6:40 p.m.

The epicenter of the first quake, which was a magnitude 2.5, was 1 mile west/southwest of Reno and about 4 miles northwest of Azle, just north of state Highway 199. The USGS pinpointed the location as 32.939°N 97.607°W, seen as yellow pin in the map above. The location is a little more than 15 miles northwest of Fort Worth.

Six minutes after the first quake, a second quake was recorded with the epicenter 1 mile west of Azle and about 15 miles northeast of Weatherford, according to the USGS., which pinpointed the location as 32.901N 97.586W. The quake registered a 2.8 magnitude. That location is the blue pin in the map above and is just south of SH 199.

A third earthquake registering a stronger 3.6 magnitude was reported at 6:40 p.m. The epicenter was 1 mile north-northwest of Azle at 32.919°N 97.558°W, according to the USGS. The location is just north of SH 199 and is shown in the map above as the red pin.

People in Azle said they are not very surprised when they feel their homes or businesses shaking but said the third earthquake was the strongest one they have felt yet.

"It honestly felt like a big truck come running through our driveway and went around our drive-thru and then it just quit," said Heath Long, a manager at Joel's Sandy Beach Mart.

No damage or injuries have been reported in connection with the earthquakes, though the USGS listed the second quake as a Category IV earthquake with light shaking possible. The first quake rated a Category I, with no damage and no shaking felt.

The USGS scales show the first two were vibrations that would have felt like the passing of light trucks strong enough to be felt by almost all indoors, causing hanging objects swing. The third would have felt like the vibration of passing heavy trucks, causing stopped cars to rock, hanging objects to swing and rattling windows, dishes and doors.

Here are the USGS and NBC 5 reports of all North Texas earthquakes recorded in November:

  1. Nov. 26 - 8:24 a.m.: Magnitude 3.0 east of Azle | Story
  2. Nov. 25 - 1:43 a.m.: Magnitude 3.3Story
  3. Nov. 23 - 3:43 a.m.: Magnitude 2.9 southwest of Reno | Story
  4. Nov. 20 - 11:53 p.m.: Magnitude 2.2
  5. Nov. 19 - 6:40 p.m.: Magnitude 3.6 north-northwest of Azle | Story
  6. Nov. 19 - 12:03 p.m.: Magnitude 2.8 west of Azle
  7. Nov. 19 - 11:57 a.m.: Magnitude 2.5 southwest of Reno
  8. Nov. 13 - 3:01 a.m.: Magnitude 2.6
  9. Nov. 11 - 2:30 a.m.: Magnitude 2.8 north of Azle | Story
  10. Nov. 9 - 1:54 p.m.: Magnitude 3.0 south of SpringtownStory
  11. Nov. 8 - 9:34 p.m. : Magnitude 2.4
  12. Nov. 7 - 10:32 p.m.: Magnitude 2.9 near Springtown
  13. Nov. 5 - 9:32 p.m.: Magnitude 2.6 east-southeast of RenoStory
  14. Nov. 2 - 12:45 a.m.: Magnitude 2.0
  15. Nov. 1 - 4:57 p.m.: Magnitude 2.1 east-northeast of Richland Hills | Story

Other Earthquake-Related Coverage:

 NBC 5's Julie Fine contributed to this report.

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