Quake Wednesday morning in northeast Parker County was the third within 24 hours

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A third earthquake within 24 hours shook northeast Parker County on Wednesday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The 2.7-magnitude quake was reported at 11:05 a.m., about 3 miles south-southwest of Springtown, said Rafael Abreu, a geophysicist at the agency’s Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo.

Its epicenter was about 13 miles from that of a 2.6 quake recorded at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday that was 2 miles east of Reno, he said.

About 10 p.m. Tuesday, an aftershock to the first quake rumbled, he said.

Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said there were no reports of any damage or injuries from any of the quakes.

“Dispatch called me last night and said we had one,” Fowler recalled. “I said, ‘Well, I didn’t feel anything.’ Believe me, if there was any damage, I’d know about it.”

Abreu said, “These guys are pretty small quakes so we don’t expect to see much damage. But to have a cluster, in such a small span of time, raises an eyebrow.”

He said Parker County historically has not shown high “seismicity,” which refers to geographic and historical distribution of earthquakes.

“We need to know if this is a known mapped fault or a new fault,” he said. “That is not an answer we have at this point. Obviously, that will require field studies and research.”

Fowler said he would be curious to know what the scientists might come up with.

“I never heard of a fault line through this area,” he said. “I’m not saying it’s not there. But, obviously, there’s something down there.”

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684 Twitter: @Bill_MillerST

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