Our friend Jim Stanley posted this on Facebook.
Population count seems too low, doesn’t it? Must be a pretty tight filter.
This Tweet from our local NBC TV affiliate sums it up nicely.
North Texas shook yesterday — not big quakes, but a bunch of ’em — and that doesn’t sit well with Texas oil executives, since it seems likely gas and oil drilling, especially hydraulic fracturing (fracking), and especially waste-water reinjection seem to be causes.
I grew up in Utah. We had quakes you could feel, at least weekly. Our home sat less than a mile west of the Wasatch Fault. Many mornings my mother would stand drinking her coffee, looking over the stove and out our kitchen window at Mt. Timpanogos, remarking on the earthquakes. Most often we couldn’t feel them, but the power and telephone lines that slashed through our $10 million view of the mountain would dance in sine waves during quakes. It was pretty cool.
Along the more famous faults, one rarely comes on more than a couple of quakes a day.
Dallas — more accurately, Irving — is far away from most major faults, and rarely has more than a couple of quakes a year in recent human history.
So this swarm of quakes makes news!
DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Nine earthquakes, three of them with a 3-point magnitude or greater, rocked North Texas Tuesday into early Wednesday, knocking items off walls, causing cracks to appear in ceilings and generally rattling nerves across the region.
“The last one really shook,” said CBS 11 anchor and reporter Ken Molestina, who felt the the earth move in the White Rock Lake area of Dallas.
The latest quake, reported just before 1 a.m. Wednesday, measured in at a 3.1 magnitude, and was centered near the convergence of State Highway 114, Loop 12, and the Airport Freeway near the old Texas Stadium site in Irving.
Others felt the temblor in the Uptown area of Dallas and as far away as Bedford and Mesquite.
Here’s a list of the quakes in order of when they happened:
7:37 a.m. 2.3 magnitude
3:10 p.m. 3.5 magnitude
6:52 p.m. 3.6 magnitude
8:11 p.m. 2.9 magnitude
8:12 p.m. 2.7 magnitude
9:54 p.m. 1.7 magnitude
10:05 p.m. 2.4 magnitude
11:02 PM 1.6 magnitude
12:59 AM 3.1 magnitude
Rafael Abreu, a geophysicist with the USGS, spoke with NewsRadio 1080 KRLD and said while the Irving earthquakes happened only hours apart, given the strength and intensity, “we’re not calling it an aftershock.”
At last count Tuesday night, there had been 24 or more earthquakes in the Irving area since November 1, 2014.
Jokes fly, too. Not this much shaking since Elvis toured the area heavily in 1957, some say.
Recent studies show earthquakes in other areas linked to oil and gas drilling and extraction. All of these quakes are in close proximity to working wells or wells being drilled.
What’s the Earth trying to tell us?
Historically, Texas has not been a hotbed of earthquake activity, between 1973 and 2012. Texas Seismicity Map from USGS.
169 years ago today: Rub your pet armadillo’s belly, slaughter the fatted longhorn, crank up the barbecue pit with the mesquite wood, put Willie Nelson and Bob Wills on the mp3 player, put the “Giant” DVD on the television, and raise your glass of Big Red, Dr. Pepper, or Lone Star Beer (or Pearl, or Shiner Bock, or Llano Wine).
U.S. Flag Code rules urge flying the U.S. flag on the anniversary of a state’s joining the Union — even as much as that will frost the tiny band of desperate Texas secessionists. (Will the secessionists fly the Texas flag at half-staff?)
Texas was admitted to the union of the United States of America on December 29, 1845.
The text of Polk’s message:
I hereby authorize and direct the Secretary of State to affix the Seal of the United States to an authenticated copy of “an act to extend the laws of the United States over the State of Texas and for other purposes” approved Dec. 29, 1845 dated this day, and signed by me and for so doing this shall be his warrant.
James K. Polk
Washington, Dec. 29, 1845
The Texas Ranger Museum took note of the day (no, not the baseball Rangers):
Enough of the jokes about how nature makes Dallas beautiful by covering everything up.
There were some nice views of Dallas today, with the fog, though.
From WFAA-TV’s tower camera, just before sunrise:
This photo produced the most stir, I think. Terry Maxon posted it at his Aviation Blog with the Dallas Morning News:
Looking for landmarks? Maxon explained:
In the sea of clouds, you can see the top of Reunion Tower a bit lower to the right. There’s the wedge-topped Fountain Place in the lower center of the downtown cluster. Off to the left by itself is Cityplace, we believe.
Note that even though we could barely see a block ahead of us at ground level, the skyscrapers are casting shadows on the top of the fog clouds.
You want to see what it looked like from the upper floors of those buildings? Kathryn’s office is below the clouds. When I worked in the high floors of the old Ling/Temco/Vought Building (now Trammell Crow Tower, I think) we didn’t have cell phones with cameras, and electronic imaging was in its commercialized infancy. I never had the old 35mm film cameras with me on those few occasions when we rode the elevators up out of the fog, and could almost wave to someone in the tower across the way. Justin Turveen got off a few shots today, but is being stingy with the photos at his flickr site. Check it out if you wish.
It was foggy across the area starting last night, including Denton, which is home to the University of North Texas and Texas Women’s University:
Jeff Rogers got a sunrise in McKinney, through the fog:
Angelica Villalobos Yates took her camera with her walking the dog; quintessential Texas fog shot:
From the tall buildings in downtown Dallas, a shot by Cindy Ackerson Bivins:
Mike Prendergrast at Aerial DFW.com sent his DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus Drone to work, rising above the clouds, with good results, I think. He had me when I read that he included some time-lapse in there . . .
(Yes, Prendergrast is a great guy, and a good photographer, and he followed the rules and stayed low and out of the way of aircraft.)
Do you have a nice shot of Dallas in the fog to share? Send it to me, or post it in comments.
Tip of the old scrub brush to Suzy Bangs, who I hope is joining us again this week to take a hot Christmas meal and cheer to the good people at the Pleasant Grove Senior Recreation Center (that’s Pleasant Grove, Texas). Thanks, too, for the splash from Dubious Quality (who is this Gilbert fellow?).
An old library photo?
A Facebook page called Traces of Texas posted this photo, with this explanation:
Babe Ruth and a Dallas boy scout, In 1929, the era’s most famous, revered, and idolized American sportsman, George Herman “Babe” Ruth, came to Dallas to speak on behalf of the Circle Ten Council and promote scouting to local businessmen. After delivering a rousing speech to a packed house, a Dallas Morning News photographer asked him for a picture. The Babe motioned to a Scout to join him. And for young Robert W. Johnsey, that must have been the highlight of his life.
Where did Traces of Texas get those details, and the photo?
I can find data bases that list a Robert W. Johnsey from Dallas, born in 1916, and dying in Dallas in 1995. Without paying the fat fees demanded, I learn that one database said he died having never married. Right age, but is that the right guy?
Then I find notes for a France Ray Mead Johnsey at Find A Grave. It says she died in 2004, preceded in death by her husband Robert, who died in 1995.
Interesting little mysteries.
Anybody Remember a Robert W. Johnsey from Dallas, Texas? Can you give us more details?
Not my district, but if it were, I’d vote for Leigh Bailey.
Meyer, a Republican, and Bailey, a Democrat, are competing for an open seat in House District 108. The district covers the Park Cities, Preston Hollow and central Dallas. Meyer is the heavy favorite in the GOP stronghold, but Bailey is trying to win independent voters and newcomers to Uptown, Downtown Dallas and East Dallas.
In my conversations with both candidates, Republican Morgan Meyer seemed distant, stiff, and unwilling to say anything that wasn’t approved by Corporate HQ (whose? I don’t know).
Bailey took time to talk, about life in Dallas, how to make it better, what an uphill fight she has. Dallas schools, and what it might take to make people see the improvements already there, and how to support teachers and students . . .
In short, Bailey is much more human, and for my money, much more attuned to the needs of Texas, Texas families, and making things work in Austin.
When you vote Tuesday, Dallasites, if you’re in District 108, vote for Leigh Bailey.
A friendly reminder from BattleGround Texas: If you experience voting irregularities at your polling station in Texas, call 1-844-TXVOTES (1-844-898-6837).