Another 3.5 Magnitude earthquake near Irving, Texas


Once again there was an Earthquake in the Dallas area of  Texas.  The Magnitude was 3.5 and it was about 3 miles East NorthEast of Irving Texas.  It was about 3 miles down in the ground.

Several things should be noted here.  This was comparatively a very light earthquake.  In Southern California, earthquakes of this type are a weekly occurrence throughout the area along the San Andreas Fault.  As shown below:


These earthquakes occurring along the i-35 corridor could be the result of fracking or fracking could be coincidental to the emergence of a new geologic plate tectonic fault along the i-35.  The burden of scientific proof is borne by those who claim  fracking causes earthquakes.  Only time will tell and as I’ve written before, our lives are a blink of the eye in geologic time.

I had planned to post on another topic today, but to quote John Lennon:  “Life is what happens while we’re making other plans.”

Sources:  USGS and Cal Tech

Hat Tip:  Zero Hedge.

Updated to clarify who bears the burden of proof on whether or not fracking causes earthquakes.

About Richard Rollo

I am a retired Community College Instructor. I taught Political Science 1 American Government for 22 years in Southern California. I am originally from Northern Minnesota. My earliest years were spent in the living quarters of a rural Duluth Winnipeg & Pacific Railway Depot. Then my family joined the great 1950's migration to Southern California where I joined up with fellow baby boomers in overcrowded schools.
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