Quake felt throughout southern Tarrant County

Posted Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012  comments  Print Reprints

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The pros may call it a minor earthquake, but it rattled a lot of folks in Tarrant County Wednesday night.

The quake, reported shortly after 8 p.m., was centered about two miles east of Burleson and measured a 2.6 magnitude, said Rafael Abreu, a geophysicist at the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo.

"It was at a depth of 13 kilometers, which pretty much is a microquake," Abreu said. "If you go 13 kilometers down below the surface, that's where this happened. So it's very much a shallow quake -- really close to the surface in geological terms."

At 8:45 p.m., Abreu said the center had yet to receive any reports of damage.

"Given the size of the quake, we don't expect to see much damage," he said. "The most would be things shaking off shelves close to the epicenter."

The quake, however, was widely noticed.

The earliest call to the Star-Telegram came from a neighborhood near the intersection of McCart Avenue and Altamesa Boulevard, quickly followed by another from Edgecliff Village.

Social media sites, including Twitter, were abuzz with similar reports.

The Fort Worth police department's communications center was "deluged with calls from southwest Fort Worth," Capt. Kevin Rodricks, a police spokesman, said.

"It was described as a loud bang, followed by tremors," Rodricks said.

The earthquake information center got reports from throughout Fort Worth, Abreu said.

"We have reports from seven different ZIP codes in Fort Worth of this earthquake," he said. "It definitely had some perceptible ground shaking.

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