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Quake shakes north Fort Worth, Haslet and Alliance corridor

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An earthquake estimated at magnitude 3.0 was felt in the Alliance corridor and across northern Tarrant County late Thursday afternoon in what was possibly the first within the Fort Worth city limits.

Residents reported pictures shaking and a feeling that something had hit the buildings they were in.

Richard Harrison, a Fort Worth Fire Department spokesman, said no immediate reports of damage or injuries had been received.

The quake, which occurred at 4:30 p.m., was centered a mile north-northeast of Haslet, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. That is near the J.C. Penney Logistics Center at 1701 Intermodal Parkway in Fort Worth.

Numerous small quakes have rocked North Texas in the past three years, said Jana Pursley, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Colorado, but Thursday’s appears to have been the first recorded within the Fort Worth city limits, at least since 1970 when the agency began tracking.

The closest previous quakes were in in 2013 and 2014 and centered south and southwest of Thursday’s event.

Clarence Lee, owner of Lee’s Barbecue in Haslet, said he thought there had been a fender-bender near his restaurant.

“It felt like it may have been an accident somewhere,” said Lee, who has run his restaurant in Haslet for 26 years.

A Northwest School District administrator in the central office in far north Fort Worth also reported feeling the quake.

At the Lexington Place mobile home park near Golden Triangle Boulevard and Interstate 35W, Kyle Kent also thought there had been some type of accident.

“I thought somebody had hit the building we were in,” Kent said. “I thought they had bumped it with a car.”

None of the residents had called with any damage but one person said that “the pictures shook in his house for a second.”

In May, a 4.0 quake was reported near Venus in Johnson County.

Many North Texan residents and environmentalists have blamed fracking in the Barnett Shale for the quakes that have rattled the area since about 2009. The energy industry insists that fracking is not the cause.

In April, geophysicists reported that wastewater injection wells, part of the fracking process, were the most likely cause of 27 quakes in the Azle and Reno area northwest of Fort Worth from November 2013 to January 2014. No earthquakes had been reported or felt in the area for 150 years.

Correspondent Sarah Bahari contributed to this report.

Bill Hanna: 817-390-7698, @fwhanna