4.3 earthquake hits East Texas; second in week

Source: Ollie Barrett.
Source: Ollie Barrett.

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The U.S. Geological Survey confirms a 4.3 magnitude earthquake struck three miles east of the city of Timpson this morning at 3:12 a.m.

So far, there are some reports of minor damage in the Timpson area, such as fallen dishes, broken windows, and the most significant damage so far being reported at the Ollie Barrett residence, where numerous bricks from their chimney came crashing down into their living room, along with their television. This is the second time in a week an earthquake has hit near Timpson. Last Thursday a 3.7 quake rattled the area.

"I was awakened because I was rolling around in bed and there was a loud, loud rumbling noise," Barrett said. "And there was a lot of crashing."

Barrett also felt the earthquake last week.

"I was home then," she said. "This one was much, much worse. That one was very frightening. But not a lot of damage and this one was much worse."

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office says only one injury was reported. An elderly woman apparently fell out of her bed during the quake and cut her arm.

According to Bill Parker, senior meteorologist at the National Weather Center in Shreveport, there have been reports of the earthquake being felt in Irving, south Arkansas and central Louisiana. But the southernmost report is only from Lufkin.

According to the USGS, the strongest quake in East Texas, back in 1957 was a 4.7 magnitude near the Diana area. The second strongest earthquake was near Hemphill in 1964. This morning's quake would be the third strongest in East Texas' history.

Meteorologist Grant Dade says it is interesting to note, the quake in 1964 was in the middle of a series of 3 to 4.4 quakes that hit along a fault in SE Texas. He says there were a total of eight quakes from April to August of that year.

Unlike last week, this week's earthquake shook merchandise right off the shelves at Rudy's in downtown Garrison.

"That's about 10 seconds," one employee said. "Yeah. That is crazy."

The staff gets a kick rewinding the surveillance tape shot at 3:12 a.m.

"It's crazy," the employee said. "I think we've had enough. I don't want any more."

The earthquake chatter was heard all over the Garrison Nursing Home.

"It took our trailer and it just like, you know, you shake a cup," said Carla Harris. "It just shook us three or four times."

"It shattered the light fixture over my kitchen sink," said Lisa Williams.

"I was so scared," said Sophia Pitts. "If it happens again I hope I got a man wrapped around my neck."

No fright from Faye Raines. She was reading her Bible at the time. After the 'quake she quietly rolled over and went to sleep.

Tommie Bass took it all in stride too.

"And I thought one time, I thought, well, it could shake the bed down," Bass said.

In eastern Nacogdoches County, KTRE's photojournalist Brad Hill got a jolt out of bed by all the commotion.

"The best way I can describe it is you know how your washing machine get clothes on one side and it starts doing this?" Hill said, while waving his hands up and down. "Well, that's what my bed felt like. Felt like I was on top of the washing machine."

Two earthquakes in less than a week. Experts warn there could be more.

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