Quake 911 Calls: "I'm Scared to Death!"

911 calls capture earthquake fear

By Scott Gordon
|  Tuesday, May 19, 2009  |  Updated 8:18 AM CDT
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The earthquake, which shook the ground before noon, was centered about four miles south of Euless.

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Quake 911 Calls: "I'm Scared to Death!"

Hundreds of 911 calls captured the fear many North Texans felt after last weekend?s earthquake.

Residents React To Quake

Residents in Euless felt the magnitude 3.3 earthquake that shook parts of North Texas on May 16, 2009.
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Hundreds of 911 calls captured the fear many North Texans felt after last weekend’s earthquake.

"My house just shook," Shannon Strobel of Euless told a 911 operator. "I mean, the whole house -- just like it was an earthquake or something."

The operator asked if anyone was hurt.

"Everyone is OK," Strobel said. "But I’m scared to death!"

Click here to listen to her call.

The quake measured 3.3 and struck at 11:24 a.m. Saturday. It was centered in north Arlington along Collins Street between Green Oaks and Trinity Boulevards, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Euless police released several of the 911 calls Monday.

"What the heck was that?" one man said. "My house just shook."

"I don’t know, sir," the 911 operator answered. "We’re trying to figure it out."

So many calls poured into 911, dispatchers started trying to clear the lines as soon as possible. Click here to listen to some of the calls.

"Euless 911, are you calling regarding the boom that just occurred?"

"Was it a boom or an earthquake?" one man responded.

Strobel said she was on her bed when she heard an explosion and felt her heavy bed sway.

"This is a quiet neighborhood," she said Monday. "You don't hear 'kaboom!’ And the whole house does not shift in Euless, Texas. It just doesn't happen."

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