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Jan 7, 2015

04:47:55 GMT--Earthquake - North-America - USA

EDIS Number: EQ-20150107-46585-USA

Date / time: 07/01/2015 04:46:37 [UTC]

Event: Earthquake

Area: North-America

Country: USA

State/County: State of Texas

Location: [Greater Dallas region]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: N/A


Nerves were jangled and items were jolted off shelves by four earthquakes in North Texas Tuesday but no major damage was reported. All four quakes were centered in the same location in Irving, Dallas County, where there have been 20 quakes reported since October 2014, NBC reports. The four quakes-ranging in strength from magnitude 2.7 to 3.6-were centered near the old Texas Stadium site, former home of the Dallas Cowboys, and a Southern Methodist University is trying to determine the cause. The United States Geological Survey says the quakes-two of which happened within seconds of each other at 8:11pm-were strong enough to break windows and be felt by everybody in the area. Researchers say the quakes could be linked to stored stress in old fault lines, although the disposal of wastewater from the energy industry can also trigger small quakes. But "there are no oil and gas disposal wells in Dallas County," a seismologist with the Texas Railroad Commission tells the Dallas Morning News. "And I see no linkage between oil and gas activity and these recent earthquakes in Irving."

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