VIDEO: Earthquakes Are Becoming A Rattling New Trend

March 31, 2010  

Joshua Parr

The Dallas-Fort Worth area has seen some minor earthquakes in the past few years.

In the last year there have been several minor tremors. Could these events be making way for a major cataclysmic earthquake?

“We actually did feel some earthquakes last year…these were all very very small earthquakes, just big enough to be felt,” Albritton Chair in Geological Science Brian Stump said.

The earthquake that recently occurred near the airport may have been caused by natural gas workers who were trying to recover some gas underground.

“And then they re-inject those fluids underground,” Stump said. “The place where they are doing [the] injections is an old kind of stagnant fault and those fluids, we believe, could have triggered those small earthquakes that were felt. ”

Jenny DeVries, a freshman from San Diego, Calif. experiences earthquakes frequently at home.

“We have a lot of little ones all the time,” DeVries said. “When I was home for Christmas break we had three.”

Even though there is no major earthquake threat in Dallas, some SMU students have experienced earthquakes of their own.

“I’ve been in two big ones,” DeVries said. “I was in my family room with friends and then it happened and the ground was [shaking] and it was like a movie.”

The Metroplex is sitting on top of a major fault line, seismologists say. However, it is not in danger, because the fault is not active.

In North Texas earthquakes do not get bigger than a magnitude of four.

Technology has helped to examine faults and get a closer look at earthquakes. This site takes you right into the San Andreas fault and simulates what an earthquake would look like.

Even though Dallas sits on a fault that resembles the San Andreas, there is no real threat that The Big One will happen here.

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