Texas' Fault Lines & Recent Spike In Seismic Activity

Bridget Mulroy

Texas' Fault Lines & Recent Spike In Seismic ActivityPhoto by(@Jason Brow/iStock)

With seismic activity reported more frequently in the state of Texas, we can’t help but take a closer look at the Balcones Fault running straight through the Lone Star state. The Balcones Fault runs past Waco, through Austin, and even past San Antonio. 

The faulting said to have created the Balcones Fault is said to have taken place over fifteen million years ago. The topography and faulting have been explored by Texas’ Bureau of Economic Geology, the University of Texas, and the state’s Seismological Network (TexNet) stationed at the University.

Since the earthquakes documented below have taken place in a region becoming more accustomed to seismic activity, there is no need to panic. The reported earthquakes have been documented through USGS by TexNet, both credible and globally-recognized seismic activity monitoring systems. UTC is an abbreviation for Coordinated Universal Time.

Magnitude 3.1 Earthquake Struck 16 km South of Smiley, Texas: On 22 May 2023 at 8:36 AM UTC, a magnitude 3.1 earthquake struck Smiley, Texas, at a depth of 5.1 km.

Magnitude 3.9 Earthquake Struck 37 km North Northwest of Toyah, Texas: On 22 May 2023 at 10:29 PM UTC, a magnitude 3.9 earthquake struck Toyah, Texas, at a depth of 7.9 km.

Magnitude 3.0 Earthquake Struck Western Texas: On 22 May 2023 at 2:38 PM UTC, a magnitude 3.0 earthquake struck Western Texas at a depth of 4.5 km.

Magnitude 2.5 Earthquake Struck 65 km North Northeast of Van Horn, Texas: On 22 May 2023 at 11:13 PM UTC, a magnitude 2.5 earthquake struck Van Horn, Texas, at a depth of 6.7 km.

Magnitude 3.5 Earthquake Struck 36 km West Southwest of Mentone, Texas: On 22 May 2023 at 10:59 PM UTC, a magnitude 3.5 earthquake struck Mentone, Texas, at a depth of 7.8 km.

Magnitude 3.1 Earthquake Struck 58 km South of Whites City, New Mexico: On 22 May 2023 at 2:20 PM UTC, a magnitude 3.1 earthquake struck Whites City, New Mexico, at a depth of 6.9 km.

This is original content from NewsBreak’s Creator Program. Join today to publish and share your own content.

Comments / 5

Published by

Hi, I’m Bridget. I’m based in Red Bank, New Jersey, Calabasas, California, & Manhattan, New York. I cover geology, seismology, botany, biology, & community news. USGS Verified ✅

New York

More from Bridget Mulroy

Comments / 0