Small earthquake rocks rural east Texas

The 4.1 earthquake hit near the town of Timpson

By Courtney Gilmore - Anchor/Reporter

TIMPSON, Texas - Two earthquakes rattled a rural East Texas area, causing little damage but startling residents.

The U.S. Geological Survey recorded the 4.1 magnitude earthquake at 4:52 p.m. Monday centered about two miles northwest of the town of Timpson.

Geologists confirmed the second quake registering at 4.3 just before 7 p.m.

The town of about 1,200 residents 25 miles northeast of Nacogdoches and 40 miles southeast of Kilgore.

Police received reports of dishes and pictures falling from walls but no significant damage, said Timpson Officer Adam Renfro.

Renfro said he was standing near a house with picture windows when the earthquake hit. He could see the windows warping, "moving in and out," without breaking, he said.

Annette Johnson was at her Timpson home when the tremor hit. "The house was shaking. The ceiling fan swung a little, and the crystals of our chandelier tinkled," she said.

Johnson said her two beagles were startled and ran around the yard before settling.

Geological maps show the tremor occurred along a moderately active geological formation called the Mount Enterprise fault system.

So far there are no reports of any injuries, and only minor damage.

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