Texas Town to Hire Geologist After Series of Small Earthquakes

June 11, 2009

City officials in Cleburne, Texas, have decided to hire a geologist after five small earthquakes within a week’s time shook the town.

The fifth earthquake took place June 9 at 6:19 p.m. and the U.S. Geological Survey measured it at a 2.1-magnitude. Cleburne officials called for an 8 p.m. emergency meeting after the fourth earthquake, measuring a 2.6, happened that same day at 5:10 p.m.

No damage or injuries have been reported from the tremors.

Mayor Ted Reynolds said residents want to know whether the earthquakes are connected to natural gas drilling in the town, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

The other earthquakes within the last week had magnitudes of 2.3, 2.6 and 2.8.

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