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Old 01-09-2015, 10:42 AM
 
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Hi Everyone,
I apologize if I sound like a total idiot asking this question, but I wasn't raised in Texas so I am pretty clueless about the locations and things.

I have been reading about the earthquakes that have suddenly popped up in North Texas and I'm a bit worried. I know that they are pretty far away from Lubbock (about 300 miles, I think) and they have been minor to moderate. But has anyone felt anything with the tremors in the last few months since they started? I haven't felt a thing, but I spent many years in the San Francisco Bay Area where we felt minor tremors all the time so I'm pretty used to them.

I guess my main concern is that, unlike the Bay Area, the buildings and structures in Lubbock aren't exactly earthquake-ready.

Tam
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Old 01-09-2015, 04:50 PM
 
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None have been reported near Lubbock. The "North Texas" referred to on the news reports is the DFW area. I wouldn't worry about it. The nearest ones to Lubbock were Northwest of Snyder in a very rural area, and those have been very minor.
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Old 01-09-2015, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Kaufman County, Texas
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Texas doesn't have anything even close to the San Andreas Fault like California does. The earthquakes in Texas are far away from Lubbock, and they are very small, like only a 3.2.
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Old 01-09-2015, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Denver
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They're very small quakes, and they're generally only happening in areas near fracking activity. Lubbock is in the clear.
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Old 01-10-2015, 04:52 AM
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Location: Suburban Dallas
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I would not always associate every earthquake we've had to fracking or oil drilling, though it can happen. The quakes we've recently had in Irving and Midlothian were all located near a geological fault we call The Escarpment (technically called the Balcones Fault). It's probably some shifting or something like that, and you can't always rule that out.

The only geological fault near Lubbock, of course, would be the caprock edges south and east of town. I doubt y'all have anything to worry about.
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Old 01-10-2015, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Small earthquakes have been happening in north Texas for hundreds of years. Not worth worrying about in my opinion.
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Old 01-12-2015, 11:13 AM
 
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Thanks for the responses! As I said, I'm not too familiar with the area, so it's good to know that we should be in the clear.

Tam
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Old 01-16-2015, 04:28 PM
 
Location: DFW
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We're just making all the California transplants feel at home. Our way of saying Welcome.
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Old 01-16-2015, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte
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There were earthquakes in East Texas in the extensions of the Ouchitas well before fracking. There are a lot of small fault lines running through the area where the transition lines are. Now also consider that the west coast is moving west at 3" per year per geologic measurements, Pacific plate diving under the NA plate. That dragging of the entire plate is going to cause some shifting.

The anti-s are the ones crying about fracking. Don't let facts get in the way of a good fear.
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Old 01-17-2015, 08:54 PM
 
Location: C.R. K-T
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The quakes we've recently had in Irving and Midlothian were all located near a geological fault we call The Escarpment (technically called the Balcones Fault).
That's scary. It goes along I-35 all the way to San Antonio, the same one that created the Hill Country. I would not want to live in DFW, Waco, Austin, or S.A. if that fault becomes active. It's like our version of the San Andreas!
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