Minor earthquake reported in Johnson County

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FORT WORTH _ The ground just keeps shaking in North Texas.

A minor earthquake was reported in Johnson County Sunday morning and no damage was reported.

It was the fourth small earthquake in North Texas since Feb. 24.

On Sunday, a 2.7-magnitude quake centered about four miles northeast of Godley hit at 7:47 a.m. Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

"If you were near it, you could feel it," said Don Blakeman, a geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey office in Golden, Colo., on Sunday. "But there wouldn't be any damage."

Generally, structural damage occurs with 5.0-magnitude quakes. Some damage could occur from quakes that measure 4.5 magnitude, Blakeman said Sunday.

Three minor earthquakes were reported near Waxahachie, DeSoto and Midlothian on Feb. 24.

A 2.4-magnitude earthquake centered about four miles north of Waxahachie hit at 4:35 a.m. Feb. 24, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The second quake, of magnitude 2.5, struck two miles south of DeSoto at 6:56 a.m on Feb. 24.

The third quake, of magnitude 2.7, was reported at 3:07 p.m. Feb. 24 near Midlothian.

On record, the largest earthquake in Texas occurred on Aug. 16, 1931, when a magnitude-5.8 earthquake hit near Valentine in Jeff Davis County near Big Bend National Park, according to the USGS.

Heavy damage was reported in Jeff Davis County and significant damage occurred in nearby counties. The quake caused landslides in the Van Horn Mountains and the Chisos Mountains near Big Bend, and the Guadalupe Mountains near Carlsbad, N.M.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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