Cleburne hires geologist after earthquakes

CLEBURNE, Texas (AP) - A fourth earthquake prompted city officials to hire a geologist and then another earthquake happened about an hour before the emergency meeting.

The fifth earthquake took place Tuesday at 6:19 p.m. and the U.S. Geological Survey measured it at a 2.1-magnitude. Cleburne officials called for an 8 p.m. emergency meeting Tuesday after the fourth earthquake, measuring a 2.6, happened that same day at 5:10 p.m.

No damage or injuries have been reported from the tremors.

Mayor Ted Reynolds said residents want to know whether the earthquakes are connected to natural gas drilling in the town, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

The other earthquakes within the last week had magnitudes of 2.3, 2.6 and 2.8.


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