Parts of North Texas just experienced the most powerful earthquake so far to rumble through this part of the world: a 4.0-magnitude temblor in Venus, just south of Mansfield and west of Midlothian. According to the U.S. Geological Survey — and countless reports on Twitter and via email — it occurred at 5:58 p.m.
No surprise: The USGS confirms that’s the largest quake to strike North Texas. And, it was a shallow temblor, occurring about two miles deep. The most recent quake reported in that part of Johnson County was a 3.4M in November. Dallas and Irving haven’t experience a quake larger than 3.6M, which occurred during a day of shaking in early January.
The largest quake ever recorded in Texas occurred in 1931 — a 5.8M near Valentine in far West Texas. There was a 5.7M near Alpine in 1995, and a 4.1M in far East Texas in 2013.Venus, TX, is about 40 miles south of us, on the southeast side of Ft Worth.
Nope, I did not feel it. I was watching the youngest granddaughter.