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Magnitude 2.4 Earthquake Shakes Ellis County

By Greg Janda and Eric King
|  Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014  |  Updated 10:30 AM CDT
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An earthquake measuring a magnitude of 2.4 happened at about 8:30 a.m. near the town of Ovilla in Ellis County Wednesday.

Eric King, NBC 5 News

An earthquake measuring a magnitude of 2.4 happened at about 8:30 a.m. near the town of Ovilla in Ellis County Wednesday.

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2.4 Maginitude Quake Reported in Ovilla

An earthquake measuring a magnitude of 2.4 happened at about 8:30 a.m. near the town of Ovilla in Ellis County Wednesday.
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A magnitude 2.4 earthquake had residents of Ellis County calling emergency services to find out what was happening Wednesday morning.

The United States Geologic Survey reported a magnitude 2.4 quake with an epicenter that was located one mile west of Ovilla, two miles west-southwest of Glenn Heights, and five miles away from DeSoto and Cedar Hill.

The earthquake was reportedly detected at 8:37 a.m., but there may have been aftershocks from the tremor that residents in Ellis County could have felt.

Emergency crews in Cedar Hill received multiple calls from concerned residents.

"I just felt a vibration under my chair. My customer did as well. We didn't know what it was. We thought it had something to do with the plumbing of the building," said Raymon Dominguez, a barber at Cedar Hill Barbers.

Police officers in Cedar Hill told NBC 5 they received calls from people asking if something exploded.

"I turned the water off and I heard this rumbling noise, like someone was out shaking my garage door. I thought someone was breaking in my house," said Lori Stringer, who was getting out of the shower as she heard the quake.

There are no reports of any injuries or damage.

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