Another earthquake (slightly) rattles North Texas

11/22/2013 1:44 PM

11/22/2013 1:45 PM

Another day, another earthquake.

The latest in a series of 13 earthquakes to hit North Texas this month struck an area southwest of Pelican Bay shortly before midnight Wednesday.

The earthquake had a magnitude of 2.2, and its epicenter was about a half-mile west-southwest of Pelican Bay, a rural community of about 1,500 near Eagle Mountain Lake in Tarrant County.

“Sometimes people will feel those if they are very shallow quakes and they are close to the epicenter,” said Paul Caruso, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo. “It’s unlikely that it would have caused any damage.”

The quake hit about 11:54 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Geological Survey’s records.

Three earthquakes — two around noon and the third at dinnertime — rattled northeast Parker County on Tuesday.

The quake at 6:35 p.m. was the strongest, with a magnitude of 3.6. The epicenter was about a mile north-northwest of Azle, about 5 miles south of Pelican Bay.

The first quake had a magnitude of 2.5 and struck at 11:57 a.m. south-southwest of Reno, according to the Geological Survey. Six minutes later, a quake was recorded 2 miles west of Azle, with a magnitude of 2.8.

Most of the earthquakes have been at least 2.5, although one Nov. 9 near Springtown registered at 3.0. Most have been in northeast Parker County, but the earliest, on Nov. 1, was a 2.1-magnitude quake near Richland Hills in Tarrant County.

This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.

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