Earthquakes shock east Texas town
Published: Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 02:09
Two earthquakes rippled through a rural Eastern Texas area this week causing no major damages but leaving the nearby residents feeling uneasy.
The first tremor reached a magnitude of 4.1 on the Richter scale, 4:52 p.m. Monday night. It was followed by a second quake at 6:51 p.m. that surpassed the former with a magnitude of 4.3, according to the United States Geological Survey.
No injuries occurred. The Shelby County Sheriff's Office did however report several calls from the nearby town of Timpson, complaining of photos falling off of walls and various items toppling from shelves during the first earthquake.
The most intense earthquake ever recorded in Texas history occurred in 1931 and reached a 5.8 magnitude. The tremors were severe enough that Tombstones in Valentine, Texas were “rotated,” and found facing in various directions, according to USGS documents.