The Dallas area residents felt they were on the West Coast late Saturday evening when two earthquakes hit the area. The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a 3.4 magnitude quake near Irving at 11:05 p.m. and four minutes later there was a 3.1 magnitude quake near Loop 12 and Interstate 30.
DFW Scanner went wild in the moments after the quakes with more than 500 comments on their page on Facebook from people checking to see if anyone else had felt the tremors.
The earthquakes were estimated at a depth of 3.1 miles with residents experiencing the vibrations throughout Dallas, Richardson, Garland, Coppell, Grapevine, and HEB. The epicenter of each quake was about six miles apart.
The emergency operators in Irving were inundated with more than 400 calls after the first quake with the extent of the damage being cracks in walls and pictures knocked down. Several people were scared by the vibrations but there were no reports of injuries or serious damage.
Within moments of the quakes – and assurances that people were safe – social media platforms were lively with amusing images proclaiming that Dallas will rebuild.
According to the USGS earthquake center in Golden Colorado, the the quake was just strong enough to likely have been felt for about 15 or 20 miles around the epicenter; smaller aftershocks are a possibility in that area in coming hours or days.
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport continued operations normally during and after the quakes, which barely rattled nerves at the airport located partially within the city limits of Irving, said airport public affairs officer David Magaña. He told the Associated Press that the airport, which bustles at peak hours to get some 1,800 flights in and out daily, was in a quiet period with very little air traffic late Saturday night. He said members of the airport operations team immediately conducted a special inspection of the airfield, buildings and found nothing harmed by the quake.
“We don’t have any damage to report. There were no impacts or (power) outages and no disruptions to flights,” Magaña said. “I felt it at my house. It shook it a little bit but it wasn’t enough of a jolt to shake anything loose like you have in California. I’ve been in California and this was nothing like that.”