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Earthquake shakes Johnson County

A magnitude-3.4 earthquake shook the area near Venus in Johnson County shortly before midnight Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Authorities said no injuries or damage were reported in the immediate aftermath of the quake, recorded at 11:52 p.m.

The quake’s epicenter was 4 miles north-northwest of Venus near Farm Road 157 and Mountain Creek Drive at a depth of 1.7 miles. Venus is about 34 miles southeast of Fort Worth.

Several people posted on the Star-Telegram Facebook page that they felt it - from Burleson to Alvarado to south Arlington to Midlothian.

“Thought someone hit the house!!” wrote Karen Foster Ryan in Mansfield.

“Woke us up near Lillian. House shook pretty well,” said Christy Wood.

“I'm off 67 in Venus. It was weird,” wrote Meghan Chaney.

A magnitude-3.4 earthquake is considered a minor temblor which can be felt but isn’t likely to cause much damage. Depth is a key factor in determining how damaging an earthquake will be. The closer to the surface an earthquake starts, the more ground shaking and potential damage it will cause.

A magnitude-3.3 earthquake centered near the old Texas Stadium in Irving rattled the eastern part of DFW on Nov. 22. The quake occurred at 9:15 p.m. and was 1.7 miles deep, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.