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2 small earthquakes rattle East Texas; little damage reported

From Staff and Wire Reports
Sept. 2, 2013 at 11 p.m.


TIMPSON - Two sharp earth tremors on Monday rattled a rural East Texas area, causing little damage but startling residents.

The <a href="http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/" target="_blank">U.S. Geological Survey</a> recorded a 4.1 magnitude earthquake at 4:52 p.m., centered about 2 miles west-northwest of Timpson. Police received reports of dishes and pictures falling from walls but no significant damage, said Timpson officer Adam Renfro.

Roughly two hours later, a second, 4.3 magnitude quake struck nearby, according to the USGS website.

Renfro said he was standing near a house with picture windows when the first earthquake hit. He could see the windows warping, "moving in and out," without breaking, he said.

Annette Johnson was at her Timpson home when the initial tremor hit. "The house was shaking. The ceiling fan swung a little, and the crystals of our chandelier tinkled," she said.

Johnson said her two beagles were startled and ran around the yard before settling.

Geological maps show the tremor occurred along a moderately active geological formation called the Mount Enterprise fault system.

Three small quakes rattled the same area within a week <a href="http://www.news-journal.com/news/local/third-earthquake-within-week-shakes-timpson/article_6acd57f1-983b-5816-b563-45c9bbbb43d9.html" target="_blank">earlier this year</a>.

In 2012, a <a href="http://www.news-journal.com/news/local/east-texas-town-hit-by-sixth-earthquake-this-year/article_aa6b943b-980e-5eab-90f2-d1c4488366c9.html" target="_blank">series of similar quakes</a> registered in the same Shelby County area.

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