East Texas town rattled by two earthquakes this month

Updated: Sep. 12, 2018 at 6:26 PM CDT
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TIMPSON, TX (KSLA) - Some East Texans are considering whether to put a disaster plan in place after being rocked by two earthquakes in less than two weeks.

Timpson police confirmed the earthquakes rattled the ground after Labor Day. The first one, September 4, and the second one Tuesday, September 11.

Residents who felt the ground shake were startled they happened so close together. “It actually just felt like someone just jumped on the bed and kind of jerked… that’s it,” said Terry Alexander, a Timpson city council member. Alexander says the earthquake’s epicenter was located on her property.

“It didn’t scare me it wasn’t hard…. It was just like a bump,”

Alexander says it was the second time in less than two weeks, the earth had trembled underneath her feet leaving cracks along the side of her house. “We heard this big boom and the trucks wrecked, and the next thing you know the building started shaking and we all ran out,” said Alexander.

According to the United States Geological Survey, that shudder was a 3.2 magnitude earthquake. Tuesday night’s magnitude was 2.5.

“It feels weird it’s something you can’t control it’s like being on a ride or something where the ground is shaking and there’s nothing you can do about it you just have to ride it out," said Leslie Leathers, the secretary for the city of Timpson.

Leather says over time the calls of concern from residents have died down, as the earthquakes became more frequent.

“The earth’s shaking you’re not just scared to death anymore, its just what it is… we’re used to it now,” said Leathers.

Timpson police say they have no disaster plan in place for when an earthquake hits. But Alexander says it might be time for them to start thinking ahead.

“In case a building did collapse. I mean they haven’t been that hard, but I think there needs to be something if these keep happening we need to come together” said Alexander.

Residents say there are many theories behind why this small town is being rattled by earthquakes. But none of them have been confirmed.

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