Expert: Well activity could be to blame for Timpson earthquakes

Friday, May 18, 2012 - 1:58pm

Longview, Texas — One of the state’s leading experts on earthquakes said Thursday that two recent quakes near Timpson might be connected to commercial injection wells operating in the area.

Cliff Frohlich was studying the May 10 earthquake northwest of Timpson when the earth shook again there early Thursday.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported that a magnitude 4.3 quake rattled Shelby County a little after 3 a.m.

“I thought, ‘Whoa!’ I was working on the May 10 earthquake yesterday and now there’s another one.” said Frohlich, associate director of the University of Texas Institute of Geophysics.

Frohlich specializes in the study of Texas earthquakes.

“That area (around Timpson) is not very seismically active,” Frohlich said. “It is possibly human activity-related.”

Read more here from the Longview News-Journal.

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