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An earthquake of moderate magnitude was detected in Shelby County early Friday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Seismometers detected a 4.1 magnitude temblor around 1:01 a.m., about 2 miles west of Timpson.

The USGS reported the tremor's depth was measured about 4 kilometers below the surface of the Earth.

The Shelby County and Rusk County Sheriff's offices confirm no injuries have been reported. Homeowners reported minor cracks in drywall and a dollar store in Timpson was cleaning a mess after merchandise fell from shelves, according to Sheriff's officials.

KSLA News 12 phone lines started ringing after numerous people felt the quake from Shelby County all the way to Bossier City.

"It woke me up out of a dead sleep," said Amanda Jones who lives on Highway 7 E between Center and Joaquin. Jones tells us it felt stronger than the last earthquake that hit East Texas last summer. Jones says she is unsure about damage but will wait until the sun comes up to check.

Jamie Ward in Center, TX tells us her house shook for at least 20 seconds.

A man from Carthage, TX who was working the night shift at a gas plant says "it felt like it was coming from the bottom of my feet up." He described what he felt "like the wind was shaking the travel trailer." He tells us he looked for damage but didn't see any.

A woman who lives on W. 70th in Shreveport tells us she was laying in bed when "stuff started shaking."

Bossier City resident Sarah Rains, who lives off of Sligo Rd., says she and her roommate felt their trailer shake and thought it might have just been heavy winds.

Katy Cash of Keatchie says she felt her house shake but thought she was just imagining it when her chandelier over the dining table started swaying. Katy tells us her mom in Florien, Louisiana also felt it.

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Friday's tremor follows a weaker 2.8 magnitude earthquake reported in the same area in December. Seven quakes have been detected in the region since May 2012.

 •May 10, 2012 - (3.9) NW of Timpson.
 •May 17, 2012 - (4.8) ENE of Timpson.
 •May 20, 2012 - (2.7) SSW of Timpson.
 •May 26, 2012 - (2.5) SE of Timpson.
 •June 16, 2012 - (2.1) SSW of Timpson.
 •December 7, 2012 - (2.8) SW of Timpson.
 •January 25, 2013 - (4.1) W of Timpson.

The Texas State Historical Association cites a 80-kilometer segment of the Mount Enterprise fault system which caused earthquakes in 1891 and 1981, in Rusk and Center and Jacksonville, respectively.

Another series of moderate earthquakes hit Sabine County on April 23, 1964. According to the USGS, Hemphill was near the epicenter of the 4.4 magnitude earthquake. Aftershocks were reported in Pineland, Hemphill, and Milam. Cracked wallpaper and plaster were the only damage reported. More tremors, reaching 4.2 in magnitude, were reported in May, June, and August of that year.

In 1957, several shocks were reported at 4.7 in magnitude in the Gladewater area in Northeast Texas.

According to the United States Geological Survey, the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in Texas was a magnitude 5.8, which struck near the tiny West Texas town of Valentine in August of 1931.

View the earthquake history for Texas from the USGS

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