More earthquakes strike north Texas shaking going on. The U.S. Geological Survey has confirmed a Thursday afternoon temblor near Midlothian. The quake measured a 2.7 magnitude. There are reports of the movement also being felt in Mansfield. The earthquake, that happened at 2:12 in the afternoon, measured at a depth of five kilometers. There are no reports of damage. Minutes after confirming the afternoon Ellis County quake, the USGS released information about two additional tremors that happened earlier in Irving. The first quake was a 1.9 occurring at 4:08 a.m. The second Thursday tremor in Irving happened at 7:24 a.m. and also had a magnitude of 1.9. The earthquake happened just one day after a cluster of a dozen small earthquakes rattled parts of North Texas — most centered in the city of Irving near the site of the old Texas Stadium. The site of the old stadium is directly over the Balcones Fault, which runs from Irving to San Antonio, almost parallel to Interstate-35. North Lake College geology professor Dr. Len Kubicek explained Wednesday that natural forces are tugging on the fault from the Rocky Mountains to the Gulf of Mexico. “If you start pulling on this and stretching it, in this case you’re going to get two normal faults,” he said, using wooden blocks to demonstrate the action. “The Balcones Fault was actually one of these, that type of fault, and it’s due to stretching.” The strongest Irving earthquake was a 3.6 in magnitude that happened early Tuesday evening. According to scientists with Southern Methodist University, Irving has had more than 25 minor earthquakes since early September 2014. More
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