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What's Behind The North Texas Earthquakes? KERA, StateImpact Texas Host June 18 Forum

Doualy Xaykaothao

What’s behind the earthquakes in North Texas?

KERA and StateImpact Texas will host a free public event to explore the issues at 7 p.m.  June 18 at the Azle High School Auditorium. 

What’s Behind the North Texas Quakes? A KERA/StateImpact Texas Discussion will be moderated by KERA Senior Reporter Doualy Xaykaothao, who has covered major earthquakes in Japan, Indonesia and Thailand. The panel will include state Rep. Phil King, R-Weatherford; Reno Mayor Lynda Stokes; Heather DeShon, SMU associate professor of geophysics; Bill Stevens, government relations consultant at the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers; and StateImpact Texas reporter Mose Buchele, who's covered the oil and gas industry for many years. Audience questions will be moderated by StateImpact Texas reporter Terrence Henry.

About North Texas earthquakes

North Texas has the largest onshore natural gas field in the state, and some experts believe it may be the largest in the country. So when a swarm of earthquakes hit the cities of Azle and Reno six months ago, local residents started asking questions.  Scientists have linked the disposal of drilling wastewater used in fracking to earthquakes.  And now seismologists are studying the quakes in Parker and Tarrant Counties to monitor where the earthquakes occur, when and why.

About the June 18 forum

What:                   What’s Behind the North Texas Quakes? A KERA/State Impact Texas Discussion

When:                  Wednesday, June 18, 7 to 8pm

Where:                 Azle High School Auditorium; Map: 1200 Boyd Road – Azle, TX 76020

Cost:                      Free and open to the public

Earthquake series

Over the past week, KERA has been airing stories about the North Texas earthquakes.

Earthquake coverage

For several months, KERA and StateImpactreporters have covered the earthquake swarm. Here are examples of recent stories:

Eric Aasen is KERA’s managing editor. He helps lead the station's news department, including radio and digital reporters, producers and newscasters. He also oversees, the station’s news website, and manages the station's digital news projects. He reports and writes stories for the website and contributes pieces to KERA radio. He's discussed breaking news live on various public radio programs, including The Takeaway, Here & Now and Texas Standard, as well as radio and TV programs in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.