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4.7-magnitude earthquake hits southeast of San Antonio, felt all the way near Round Rock

Posted on 2/18/24 at 2:40 pm
Posted by ragincajun03
Member since Nov 2007
21079 posts
Posted on 2/18/24 at 2:40 pm
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Seven earthquakes were recorded on Saturday morning near Falls City, which sits about 40 miles southeast of San Antonio. Two of those were felt by some in Austin and Round Rock.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, 4.4 and 4.7-magnitude earthquakes were confirmed to have occurred around 6 a.m. local time. In 2024, Texas has experienced 1,022 earthquakes.

The 4.7 earthquake happened around 12:32 a.m. and was felt in Round Rock, according to data from USGS. No damage has been reported.

In November 2023, a 5.2 magnitude earthquake shook western Texas. The earthquake happened around 4.27 a.m. local time nearly 24 miles southwest of Mentone, Texas, a town near the Texas-New Mexico border, about 57 miles southwest of Carlsbad, New Mexico, and 200 miles east of El Paso, Texas. The area known as the Delaware Basin is the center of oil extraction in Texas, and it has seen hundreds of small quakes since 2017, according to Texas state records.


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Earthquakes in Texas have been increasing for years because oil and gas drilling and extraction have been increasing. Last year, there were more magnitude 2.5-plus quakes in Texas than in California, according to Texas officials.

In 2023, there were 591 magnitude 2.5-plus quakes in Texas, compared to 207 in all of 2019. State officials in 2017 ramped up quake monitoring.

A 2022 report by the University of Texas at Austin concluded that 68% of Texas quakes above magnitude 1.5 were "highly associated" with oil and gas production.


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I wouldn’t expect a local Austin paper to get too technical in their reporting, but in my unprofessional opinion, I don’t believe the mere increased extraction of oil & gas in the region is causing the increase in seismic activity. Now…the increased injection of produced water…THAT could very well be causing some issues.
Posted by High C
viewing the fall....
Member since Nov 2012
53641 posts
Posted on 2/18/24 at 2:42 pm to
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Earthquakes in Texas have been increasing for years because oil and gas drilling and extraction have been increasing.


I can picture/smell this “journalist”
Posted by BigBinBR
Baton Rouge
Member since Mar 2023
3893 posts
Posted on 2/18/24 at 2:43 pm to
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Earthquakes in Texas have been increasing for years because oil and gas drilling and extraction have been increasing.


Posted by ragincajun03
Member since Nov 2007
21079 posts
Posted on 2/18/24 at 2:43 pm to
Posted by Deplorableinohio
Member since Dec 2018
5496 posts
Posted on 2/18/24 at 3:09 pm to
No. It’s not from oil and gas extraction. However, it’s man made. Clearly the climate is changing and due to the interaction between the atmosphere and the earth’s surface, it will induce greater seismic activity. I thought everyone knew that. It’s the science. You can’t deny it.
Posted by Bill Gillespie
Member since Feb 2024
46 posts
Posted on 2/18/24 at 3:16 pm to
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I can picture/smell this “journalist”






Posted by Fletch1985
Member since Jun 2020
280 posts
Posted on 2/18/24 at 3:32 pm to
Falls city on northern edge of Eagleford. Possible they are trucking water to an injection well in the area. Probably hear if so soon. Somebody is mapping the injection wells as I type no doubt.
Posted by Basura Blanco
Member since Dec 2011
7994 posts
Posted on 2/18/24 at 3:32 pm to
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Now…the increased injection of produced water…THAT could very well be causing some issues.



Its stupid all the way around. The area lies on the Balcones fault. That's the reason there is seismic activity. There is no way to measure whether or not seismic activity would have happened if we had never drilled a single well. Or the tremendous growth in the area resulting in a shite ton of water being drawn from the Edwards Aquifer. Or the fact the entire area is on top of a huge substrate of porous limestone.

Posted by Nola1962
Member since Jul 2020
179 posts
Posted on 2/18/24 at 3:44 pm to
I have been in the Canyon Lake area all weekend. No earth movement here.
Posted by Chad504boy
4 posts
Member since Feb 2005
165995 posts
Posted on 2/18/24 at 3:50 pm to
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4.7-magnitude earthquake hits southeast of San Antonio


We sure this wasn’t Gregg popovich’s knee hitting the ground during the anthem?
Posted by AllDayEveryDay
Nawf Tejas
Member since Jun 2015
6994 posts
Posted on 2/18/24 at 3:54 pm to
Oklahoma has proven that salt water injection plays a big role in earthquake prevalence. They've gradually reduced where it's allowed and how often.
Posted by SteelerBravesDawg
Member since Sep 2020
34103 posts
Posted on 2/18/24 at 4:04 pm to
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Earthquakes in Texas have been increasing for years because oil and gas drilling and extraction have been increasing.

Jesus Christ
Posted by LSU9102
West of the Mississippi
Member since Mar 2007
2474 posts
Posted on 2/18/24 at 4:16 pm to
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I have been in the Canyon Lake area all weekend. No earth movement here.


Not to far from you baw.

Didn’t notice it either.
Posted by saint tiger225
San Diego
Member since Jan 2011
35286 posts
Posted on 2/18/24 at 4:19 pm to
Charles Barkley: "that wasn't an earthquake. All the women in San Antonio jumped at the same time."
Posted by Allister Fiend
Member since Jan 2016
813 posts
Posted on 2/18/24 at 4:21 pm to
I bet asses were puckering for those folks in the natural bridge cavern just outside San Antonio. That would have freaked me out.
Posted by real turf fan
East Tennessee
Member since Dec 2016
8558 posts
Posted on 2/18/24 at 4:23 pm to
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Earthquakes on earth have been increasing for years


because nobody was around several hundred years ago (and earlier)to record what happened. Earthquakes happened.
The faults that caused the Ouachita Mountains are still there and still adjusting themselves. Likewise whatever happened in the late Devonian . Etc.
Posted by LSUChamps03
Member since Feb 2006
2134 posts
Posted on 2/18/24 at 4:33 pm to
Posted by Willie Stroker
Member since Sep 2008
12820 posts
Posted on 2/18/24 at 4:35 pm to
quote:

I have been in the Canyon Lake area all weekend. No earth movement here.

Sorry the old lady couldn’t join you.
Posted by lsufanva
sandston virginia
Member since Aug 2009
12357 posts
Posted on 2/18/24 at 4:41 pm to
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Oklahoma has proven that salt water injection plays a big role in earthquake prevalence. They've gradually reduced where it's allowed and how often.


I remember this. They proved it was due to the water injection and yet found not responsible legally at the same time or some legal mumbo jumbo. It was an interesting read on how people can proven responsible but not held responsible.
Posted by Deplorableinohio
Member since Dec 2018
5496 posts
Posted on 2/18/24 at 9:29 pm to
20 downvotes. That’s great.

You obviously missed the sarcasm. Thank God there is hope. Thank you.
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