Quake Stakes: USGS May Increase DFW Earthquake Risk

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NORTH TEXAS -- It’s no secret there is a whole lot of shaking going on in North Texas. Five earthquakes were recorded last Tuesday near the old Texas Stadium in Irving, and two more hit in Farmers Branch last Friday.

No wonder why some science nerds are rattled and searching for answers. The U.S. Geological Service is now considering upgrading the earthquake risk for Dallas-Fort Worth.

“When you have, you know 12 a day, that got people excited and brought it to the top of people`s minds,” says Dallas emergency management director Rocky Vaz.

The rating change could raise insurance rates, and change how engineers write building codes to make them more earthquake resistant. Considering all the seismic activity, that might not be a bad idea.

All this earth shaking was enough to shift the city of Irving into action. Leaders held a 'quake con' of sorts a few weeks ago to address questions from concerned folks. Some still point to fracking as the epicenter of the activity.

“Before the holes we didn't have any, so go figure,” says Danny Marschall of Venus, TX.

Researchers still can't say if Fracking is to blame. In fact, they don't have any immediate answers.

“At this point in time we don’t have any evidence that links oil and gas drilling to the earthquake activity,” says seismologist Dr. Craig Pearson.

In an effort to get to the core of the issue, one state lawmakers is willing to spend some cash. According to reports,  House Speaker Joe Straus is proposing $2.5 million in the next state budget to create 'TexNet Seismic Monitoring Program' at the University of Texas Austin.

Either way, no doubt about it, DFW is on shaky ground. With all these tremors, we just might get a new nickname: Quake City!

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