November 20, 2012

Quake causes ground to shudder in southeastern Tarrant County

Federal center recorded a tiny quake southeast of Mansfield late Monday.

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A small earthquake that rocked southwest Arlington Monday night was considered tiny by the U.S. Geological Survey -- it was a magnitude 2.3 -- but it certainly made an impression on the people who felt it.

A geophysicist at the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo., at first couldn't find the quake in the system, when the Star-Telegram called. But he then looked closer and called back: Yes, there was a quake centered 2 miles east-southeast of Mansfield and it occurred at 10:50 p.m.

Starting about 11 p.m., posts on Twitter fired rapidly, with residents tweeting that they felt shaking at their homes near Sublett, Little, Bowen and Matlock roads and Cooper Street.

Tiara Richard, an Arlington police spokeswoman, said dispatchers were taking "reports of possible seismic activity, but nothing about damages was provided."

"The house shook really hard," said Carol Milligan, who lives near the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Treepoint Road.

"And there was this loud rumbling noise at the same time, almost like a thunderstorm when the house shakes. It was just weird."

This is roughly the same area where several minor earthquakes have been recorded since 2009.

-- Bill Miller

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