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Update Jan. 26 th: There are reports of minor damage from Timpson, Texas. At least one chimney has collapsed in this town. Besides, there were more damage inside the houses, as reportet earlier. Nobody was injured.
Update : some people report broken dishes and other objects who fell from shelves.
Our advise : This is not the first earthquake in the area and will probably not be the last one (aftershocks) and people should fix or at least protect everything which can fall. Many severe accidents occur with fallen objects. During the Christchurch, New Zealand, earthquake, a baby was killed when a tv set did fall on her buggy. Be prepared is the slogan ER repeats all the time all over the world.
A good article with a number of experiences and even some pictures of broken objects can be found here.
A M4.1 struck Timpson, Texas shortly after midnight.
Geofon and EMSC, both European seismological agencies, are reporting M4.5 Magnitude. As USGS has most instruments close to the epicenter, we believe USGS has it right.
Following the reports we have received people experienced serious shaking.
The shaking lasted also longer than the other earthquakes experienced in Timpson before.
Hard to say whether this has to be called an aftershock or a new mainshock, in fact they are all simply earthquakes.
An hypocenter (breaking point in the earth) of only 5 km is extremely shallow and feels like it happens almost under your house if you live above it.
The earthquake will have been felt far beyond Timpson, but only as a weak to very weak shaking.
ER expects that this earthquake will generate only minor damage like cracks in walls, fallen objects etc.
Minor aftershocks may be expected.
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Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : 4.1
Local time at epicenter : 2013-01-25 01:01:19
Depth (Hypocenter) : 5.0km (3.1mi)
3km (2mi) WNW of Timpson, Texas
40km (25mi) NNE of Nacogdoches, Texas
44km (27mi) SE of Henderson, Texas
67km (42mi) SE of Kilgore, Texas
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