In just over 12 hours, Texas experienced not one earthquake, but four, experts say.
Three quakes were centered near the town of Snyder — just south of the Texas panhandle — with a fourth centered near the Fort Worth area, according to the United States Geological Survey. The first and strongest of the cluster hit just after 4:45 p.m. Monday about 12 miles north of Snyder and measured magnitude 4.0.
The quake is the strongest recorded in Texas this year, according to the Chronicle.
The next temblor — a magnitude 3.8 — came around 2:15 a.m. Tuesday, also near Snyder, the USGS says.
The third followed around 3:20 a.m. nearly 250 miles away in Lillian — just south of Fort Worth — and measured a magnitude 3.2, the USGS says. Light to moderate shaking was reported.
The final quake — a magnitude 2.5 — was the third to shake near Snyder and hit around 5:20 a.m. Tuesday, the USGS says.
The Balcones Fault Zone cuts across Texas from southwest to northeast encapsulating San Antonio, Austin and Dallas, according to a map from the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas.
In a 2011 interview with KUT, seismologist Cliff Frohlich said he believed a high-magnitude quake in Central Texas would be unlikely.
“I don’t think you could have an earthquake bigger than 4.0 or 4.5 in Central Texas,” he said. “But I could be wrong.”