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North Texas Jolted by Two Earthquakes

By BJ Austin, KERA News

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Dallas, TX – It was a rare occurrence Thursday when two earthquakes hit North Texas. KERA's BJ Austin reports that the minor quakes prompted a run of excited phone calls to 911.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported two earthquakes. One in the Grand Prairie area around 11:30 p.m. was a 2.5 on the Richter Scale. The second recorded a stronger 3.0 in Irving, which was felt at DFW Airport. Irving police took a rash of calls.

Ken Capps at DFW Airport says they felt it there.

Capps: Not only did the air traffic controllers feel the tremors, but so did our airport operations staff, which monitors the airport 24 hours. As soon as they figured out that this was indeed a possible earthquake, they went and had all of the runways and buildings inspected. Thankfully there was no damage.

Capps says the tremor did not harm the gas drilling on airport property, either.

Irving Police says they did not have any damage. The Geological Survey says Texas occasionally has earthquakes. A 3.7 was reported in south Texas April 7.