When you think about Texas, you probably don't think about earthquakes. At least, that's how it used to be. Texas is known for tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, and those brutal winter storms. In recent years, however, people from the panhandle down to San Antonio, Texas are feeling the ground shake more and more.

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The Rise Of Earthquakes In Texas

When I moved to Texas in 2017, I was surprised not long after when there was an earthquake in the Texas panhandle. Never in a million years would I have thought that Texas has earthquakes. The truth is, the Lone Star State does have earthquakes and it seems like they're getting more frequent and stronger.

According to new reports, there have been 10 earthquakes in south Texas in February of this year alone. From November to mid-December of last year, there were seven earthquakes near Guadalupe National Park. One of them was a 5.2 magnitude.

The Amarillo area is no stranger to earthquakes. I've seen several news stories about earthquakes in various places across the Texas panhandle over the past several years. From just outside of Amarillo to Pampa, Texas, we're not immune to the ground shaking either.

Is Texas Becoming A New Earthquake Capital In The US?

Some seem to think so. There have been recent reports quoting experts saying that Texas is beginning to rival California when it comes to quakes. I know Texas likes to be the biggest and best at everything, but I really think we should let this one go. Especially when it seems like there isn't a part of the state that is immune to them. Almost every region of the Lone Star State has seen recent news of an earthquake.

It's hard to believe, but there are some parts of our state where we might start thinking about having earthquake drills along with fire drills and tornado drills. The intensity and frequency of these quakes seem to be increasing, so it probably isn't a bad idea to be prepared.

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