Shaking Things Up: Too Soon to Blame Fracking for Irving Quakes

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IRVING — It’s no secret, the City of Irving has been the epicenter of some pretty serious seismic activity.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports we’ve actually had 37 earthquakes since April of last year.

Yeah, last week’s episode — a whopping 3.6 quake — was enough to create cracks and shift the city into action.

“What we’re trying to do is actually check with the experts, put as many seismographs in the ground as we can, to be able to find out exactly what’s going on, if possible,” Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne said.

SMU seismologists were dispatched and have been studying the area, trying to figure out a link.

So Thursday night, council members, seismologists and residents gathered for a “Quake Con” of sorts.

The findings so far?

“At this point in time, we have no evidence of any oil and gas activity that can be linked to the earthquakes that are occurring,” seismologist Dr. Craig Pearson announced.

Ok, so nothing earth shattering so far. And no confirmed ties to fracking.

SMU says more studies are needed before they can determine the cause of these quakes saying it’s too early to tell if the activity is strictly natural or related to human activities.

What’s more, researchers say they cannot rule out the potential for larger earthquakes — some possibly damaging!

Hmm… is that enough to rattle your nerves?!

Guess it’s best we all just take a lead from Irving ISD and practice the “duck and cover.”