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15th quake in North Texas this month

November 26, 2013 by Jennifer Retter

Residents of northeast Parker County recently felt the 15th earthquake to hit the area in the month of November. According to the U.S. Geological Society, the latest quake, a 3.0 magnitude, hit Tuesday morning in Azle. The quake marked the sixth this week alone, preceded by a 3.3 magnitude earthquake four miles west of Azle in Parker County yesterday.

Geophysicist John Bellini with the U.S. Geological Society said that stress build-ups below the surface lead to faults rupturing, causing small earthquakes.

“The main cause is the change of fluid flow in the region,” he said of rupturing. Bellini said injection wells, used by some oil and gas companies, are linked to ruptures in rare cases, and that the connection between injection wells and earthquakes continue to be studied.

The registered earthquakes range from a 2.5 magnitude near Reno on Nov. 19 to a 3.6, the strongest recorded this November in North Texas, on the same day. Three earthquakes hit on Nov. 19, with the remaining nine quakes spread sporadically from Nov. 5 through Nov. 26. For significant damage, Bellini said, earthquakes need to register around the 4.5-5 magnitude range.

All 12 earthquakes reported were centered around northwestern Parker County and across the border into northeastern Tarrant County.

Sports Calendar

Friday, August 29

  • Trinity Christian Academy JH at Fort Worth Academy, 5:00 p.m.

  • AHS Varsity vs. Cedar Park at Baylor University's McLane Stadium, Waco, Texas, 7:30 p.m.

  • Trinity Christian Academy Varsity vs. Granbury Cornerstone at Aledo Middle School, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 30

  • AHS at Marcus I Invitational, North Lakes Park, Denton, Texas 76201, 7:00 a.m.

Tuesday, September 2

  • AHS Varsity at Burleson Centennial, 3:30 p.m.

  • AHS at Denton Guyer;
    Varsity, 6:30 p.m.;
    JV, 5:30 p.m.;
    9th A, 5:30 p.m.;
    9th B, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 4

  • AHS JV vs. Burleson Centennial at Aledo, 4:00 p.m.

  • Trinity Christian Academy JH at Johnson County Sports Association, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, September 5

  • AHS at Colleyville Heritage;
    Varsity, 6:30 p.m.;
    JV, 5:30 p.m.;
    9th A, 5:30 p.m.;
    9th B, 6:30 p.m.

  • Trinity Christian Academy JV at Christian Life Prep, 5:30 p.m.

  • Trinity Christian Academy Varsity at Faustina Academy, 7:00 p.m.

  • AHS Varsity vs. Bishop Amat at Aledo Bearcat Stadium, 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 6

  • AHS 9th A and 9th B at Chisholm Trail Freshman Tournament, times TBA

  • AHS at Southlake Carroll Invitational, Meadowmere Park, 3000 Meadowmere Lane, Grapevine, Texas 76051, 7:00 a.m.

Monday, September 8

  • Aledo Middle School vs. Weatherford Tison at Aledo High School, 4:20 p.m.

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