Cleburne Registers Seventh Quake

SMU is monitoring seismic activity in Johnson County

The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a seventh earthquake in the Cleburne area Friday morning.

The magnitude 2.0 quake happened just before 7 a.m. and was centered 4 miles east of Cleburne and 3 miles south of Keene and at a depth of 3 miles below the Earth's surface.

The last quake in the Cleburne area was a 2.2 magnitude on Friday, June 26.

After a series of quakes in June the Cleburne city council voted unanimously to hire a "geological professional" to investigate the cause of the recent earthquakes.

Specifically, the mayor said he and many residents want to know if recent natural gas drilling could cause quakes in a city that had never experienced them before. Cleburne has more than 200 natural gas wells within the city limits.

Southern Methodist University installed seismographs in Cleburne last month. Those instruments collect 200 measurements per second.

Recent Seismic Activity in Cleburne:

2.0 Magnitude - 6:58 a.m. July 10
2.2  Magnitude - 10:30 p.m. June 26
2.1 Magnitude - 6:19 p.m. June 9
2.4 Magnitude - 5:10 p.m. June 9
2.3 Magnitude - 8:02 a.m. June 8 
2.4 Magnitude - 5:56 p.m. June 7
2.8 Magnitude - 3:06 p.m. June 2

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