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4.3 magnitude earthquake rattles East Texas

From Staff and Wire Reports
May 17, 2012 at 12:48 a.m.


For the second time in a week, a moderate earthquake has rattled a broad swath of East Texas.

National Earthquake Information Center geophysicist Amy Vaughan said the quake happened at 3:12 a.m. today and had a magnitude of 4.3. It was centered near Timpson, about 20 miles south of Carthage. News-Journal readers as far away as Longview and Bossier City, La., reported feeling the earth shake.

Shelby County Sheriff's dispatcher Jacob Allen said the only injury report received so far was an elderly woman who fell out of her bed and cut her arm. Allen said the quake caused broken windows and fallen dishes, but no major damage had been reported.

Vaughan said the quake was felt within 75 miles of its epicenter. She also said the same area was the site of a 3.9 magnitude quake on May 10. That earthquake was felt strongly in Carthage, where a resident said "My house was literally trembling for close to a minute."

Longview resident Branden Johnson said he was up at the time doing some work when his house started shaking. "You could hear the things shaking on the wall," Johnson said, "Everything under me was moving. Everything,"

Earthquakes are rare in East Texas, but not unheard of. According to the Texas State Historical Association, earthquakes were reported in Rusk in 1891, Center in 1981, and Jacksonville in 1981.

On March 19, 1957, four shocks in six hours affected an area of 6 million acres in Texas, as well as portions of Arkansas and Louisiana. That earthquake could be felt in Nacogdoches, Marshall, and Magnolia, Ark.

Below is a map of locations of folks who reported to the United States Geological Survey that they felt the quake. Now, we're not too sure where the Illinois and Kansas ones came from, but...

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<small>View <a href="http://batchgeo.com/map/281a3c7c3524904857b140c1d393f726">People who felt the Timpson quake</a> in a full screen map</small>

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