What’s Shaking? New Equipment Installed to Explain Irving Quakes

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IRVING -- It's no secret that earthquakes have been rocking North Texas over the past few months.

According to the USGS, there have been 17 earth rattling quakes since early September. The biggest quake ringing in at 3.3 and all signs are pointing to the Cowboys old stomping grounds of Texas Stadium.

“The official locations come from the United States Geological Survey, so those are the locations you see on the map,” Dr. Brian Stump told Newsfix back in November.

With so much activity, many are asking  -- what's going on with these Texas tremors?

“Residents do have a lot of questions about that. We want to make sure our residents have the information,” said Irving City Manager Chris Hillman.

And that's exactly what the folks at SMU plan to do.

Monday seismologists  installed a seismometer in Irving to help the folks at the USGS pinpoint the locations of the quakes.

“Certainly these are earthquakes that are occurring on faults. The question is why now? And that's a part of the ongoing study,” Dr. Stump said.

Some people have pointed the blame on natural gas drilling and fracking.

“That's still in play here in trying to understand the relationship between fluid disposal and earthquakes,” said Dr. Stump.

The jury is still out on that debate, but with this new seismometer, maybe we can figure out the question -- what’s shaking in Irving?

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