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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

3.5 magnitude earthquake startles North Texans

DALLAS (AP) — Four small earthquakes have rattled North Texas.

No damage was reported from Tuesday temblors.

The U.S. Geological Service plotted the epicenters of the four quakes to northeast Irving, a Dallas suburb. At least two could be felt throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The first quake occurred at 3:10 p.m. and measured 3.5 in magnitude. The second occurred shortly before 7 p.m. and measured 3.6 in magnitude. The third and fourth happened at 8:11 p.m. and 8:12 p.m.

All happened within an area near the Trinity River that’s seen a swarm of mild temblors in recent months.

USGS geophysicist Jana Pursley says Tuesday’s quakes were the “largest since the earthquakes started happening there in the last year.”

Since the 1970s, 26 earthquakes have happened within 75 miles of Irving.hquake was felt throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area.


Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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