4.1 earthquake reported in ETX

POSTED: Monday, September 2, 2013 - 4:56pm
UPDATED: Monday, September 2, 2013 - 5:01pm

According to the United States Geographical Survey, a 4.1 has shaken parts of East Texas.

USGS says the earthquake hit just two miles west northwest of Timpson at 4:52 p.m., Monday. 

Timpson is 25 miles northeast of Nacogdoches and 40 miles southeast of Kilgore.

KWKT spoke with residents of that area who said the earthquake was felt in Mt. Enterprise at 4:55 p.m.

USGS also reported multiple other earthquakes that have hit the East Texas area in the past few years:

Some residents believe the cause of the earthquakes is fracking. Fracking is the fracturing of rock by a pressurized liquid. John Carr, a geologist with Carr Enterprises, disagrees with the fracking theory saying the quakes are from natural causes.

No injuries are being reported at this time, but in the May 17, 2012, quake, an elderly woman was injured after the shake caused her to fall out of bed and cut her arm.

The Timpson Fire Department is warning citizens to remember if they smell gas in their homes to leave and call their gas provider from a safe location.

Details are limited but KWKT will update information as it becomes available.


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