Tracking earthquakes and their effect on North Texas

Five Tremors Shake North Texas in Past Week

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    There's a whole lot of shaking going on in North Texas, with five tremors hitting the area in seven days. (Published Friday, Nov 8, 2013)

    There's a whole lot of shaking going on in North Texas, with five tremors hitting the area in seven days.

    Earthquakes were detected near the Mid-Cities, Reno, and Springtown from Nov. 1 - 7.

    Five Tremors Shake North Texas in Past Week

    [DFW] Five Tremors Shake North Texas in Past Week
    There's a whole lot of shaking going on in North Texas, with five tremors hitting the area in seven days. (Published Friday, Nov 8, 2013)

    Dispatchers in Richland Hills, North Richland Hills, Haltom City and Hurst say they received calls asking about an earthquake on Nov. 1.

    The United States Geological Survey reports the 2.1 magnitude quake was centered 1 mile southeast of Richland Hills just before noon.

    Then, on Nov. 5, a minor earthquake was reported near Azle.

    According to the U.S. Geological Survey's website, the magnitude 2.6 earthquake hit about 1 mile east-southeast of Reno and about 2 miles north of Azle at about 9:32 p.m.

    Emergency dispatchers in Azle said they have been receiving calls about the quake, mostly from Tarrant, Wise and Parker counties.

    An aftershock to that earthquake was also felt Tuesday night around 10 p.m.

    Nov. 6 was another another shaky day in North Texas.

    The U.S. Geological Survey said a 2.7-magnitude earthquake was detected at 11:05 a.m. Wednesday about 26 miles northwest of Fort Worth near Springtown.

    According to the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale, the vibration would have felt like passing heavy trucks. Stopped cars would rock, hanging objects to swing, windows, dishes and doors to rattle, glasses to clink and wooden walls and frames creak.

    It was the second consecutive day that a tremor was detected in northern Parker County. On Tuesday, a 2.6-magnitude earthquake hit at 9:32 p.m. a mile east-southeast of Reno, about 20 miles northwest of Fort Worth.

    There were no reports of injuries or damage in any of the earthquakes.

    The rise in reported numbers of earthquakes has led some to question if the use of "fracking" by the oil and gas industry is leading to the tremors. Experts have said the process is not causing the quakes, but that the possible correlations are still in "active study."

    NBC 5's Jeff Smith, Elvira Sakmari, and Greg Janda contributed to this report.