Weatherford Democrat

December 24, 2013

Two more earthquakes shake Parker County


Weatherford Democrat

By CHRISTIN COYNE

Two 3.3-magnitude earthquakes shook northeast Parker County again this week. 

The first rattled the area south of Reno around 11:30 p.m. Sunday, followed by a second shortly after 7 a.m. Monday. 

Twenty-four earthquakes, ranging between 2.1 to 3.6 in magnitude, have been recorded by the U.S. Geological Survey in the area around Azle, Reno and Springtown since Nov. 5. 

Three others were also recorded north of Mineral Wells Nov. 28 and Dec. 9. 

A research team from Southern Methodist University is placing seismic monitoring equipment in the Reno and Azle area to obtain better data regarding where the earthquakes are originating as geologists study the issue. 

Though it’s not clear what is causing the recent swarm of earthquakes, some experts say it is possible that injection wells may be contributing.

The Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates the oil and gas industry, is also expected to soon schedule a townhall meeting in the Azle area on the issue.