Part of North Texas just experienced the most powerful earthquake so far to rumble through this part of the world: a 4.0-magnitude temblor in Venus, just south of Mansfield and west of Midlothian. According to the U.S. Geological Survey — and countless reports on Twitter and via email — it occurred at 5:58 p.m. It was felt from Arlington to Mansfield, Midlothian to Alvarado, Cleburne to Dallas, according to the USGS.
There’s even one report from as faraway as Austin. No surprise: The USGS confirms that’s the largest quake to strike North Texas. And, it was a shallow temblor, occurring about two miles deep. The most recent quake reported in that part of Johnson County was a 3.4M in November. Dallas and Irving haven’t experience a quake larger than 3.6M, which occurred during a day of shaking in early January. Meanwhile, parts of North Texas are under tornado, severe storm and flash flood warnings. Here’s what the USGS wants you to know about the quake. Key word: “induced.” MORE