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Another smaller earthquake hits East Texas

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TIMPSON, TX (KLTV) -

Another earthquake has moved residents in Timpson, Texas. This most recent quake though was smaller, only ranking 2.7 on the Richter scale.

It hit at 1:28PM Central time about 23 miles northeast of Nacogdoches and the epicenter was  nearly 4 miles below the earth's surface. This is just south of Timpson.

No damage or injuries have yet been reported with this small earthquake, that Meteorologist Brett Collar says is more than likely an aftershock of the most recent quake. "After an earthquake hits, generally numerous aftershocks occur and are much smaller than the original quake. This is often seen when the quakes occur near the same location and at around the same time."

This is the third quake to rock East Texas in a short period of time. The most recent quake was a 4.3 magnitude quake that rocked East Texas Thursday May 17th, and before that a 3.7 quake on Thursday May 10th.

Sunday's smaller quake was more than likely an aftershock. Meteorologist Grant Dade talks about the frequency of earthquakes and how history shows more earthquakes can still occur.

Over the past few weeks we have been discussing how these earthquakes happen. One thing we have confirmed with certainty is that these earthquakes have all been occurring near fault lines in the earths crust. Recently Bob Hallmark sat down with a geology expert to discuss the fault lines here in East Texas.

Another reason some say may be the cause in all of this is 'fracking' related to oil production. Jamey Boyum discussed this with scientists to see if oil and natural gas production can play a role in this situation.

Whatever is causing these quakes, one thing we all know is that they are happening. Homes and businesses in East Texas are being damaged and are sometimes left without any financial help. Does your homeowners insurance cover earthquake damage? Samantha Jordan talked with insurance agents about earthquake damage and whether or not your insurance covers it.

While earthquakes are not historically common here in East Texas, recent events have certainly changed many peoples perspectives.

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