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Two Minor Earthquakes Shake Dallas-Fort Worth Area
Fox News ^ | 10/31/2008 | Fox News

Posted on 10/31/2008 5:43:16 AM PDT by Dallas59

DALLAS — Two minor earthquakes have shaken the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but no significant damage has immediately been reported.

The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake with a 2.5 magnitude was reported at 11:25 p.m. Thursday, centered in the Grand Prairie area.

The agency says a slightly stronger quake, at 3.0 magnitude, occurred at 12:01 a.m. Friday, centered in Irving.

Law enforcement agencies across northern Texas say they received some 911 calls from people who had felt the quakes.

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I heard what I thought was an 18 wheeler rumble by but that was it.
1 posted on 10/31/2008 5:43:17 AM PDT by Dallas59
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To: Dallas59
May be Louisiana conducted an underground nuke test?
2 posted on 10/31/2008 5:46:39 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Dallas59

the obamanation voters coming in for tuesday


3 posted on 10/31/2008 5:47:45 AM PDT by southlake_hoosier (.... One Nation, Under God.......)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Or maybe what they’ve been saying on the radio about Mars is true!!!!


4 posted on 10/31/2008 5:48:29 AM PDT by Dallas59 (Redistribute Obamas Wealth)
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To: Dallas59

I’m in Grand Prairie, and I work nights, so I’ve been up and here in the house at the computer all night. I never heard or felt a thing. If that’s what earthquakes are like, I’ll take one over a tornado any day.


5 posted on 10/31/2008 5:54:06 AM PDT by HHFi
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To: HHFi

If you were in a big earthquake you wouldn’t say that. :)

At least with tornadoes there is some warning.

I didn’t think Texas had any fault lines???


6 posted on 10/31/2008 5:56:34 AM PDT by WestCoastGal (READ MY LIPSTICK!!! I'm praying for Sarah Palin - Keep the vultures away from her.)
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To: Dallas59

Very odd... USGS reports an additional 3.0 quake due north east of OK City last night as well...

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsus/Maps/US10/32.42.-100.-90.php


7 posted on 10/31/2008 5:56:53 AM PDT by dandelion
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To: WestCoastGal

There is the Balcones Fault that runs along i-35 between Austin and San Antonio


8 posted on 10/31/2008 5:59:52 AM PDT by Rightly Biased (Courage is not the lack of fear it is acting in spite of it<><)
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To: Dallas59

Two in a row is never good...Could be a foreshock for a massive shaker...Ground starts turning to liquefaction, an if it keeps shaken, the ground just turns oatmeal like substance, and buildings and houses just start bobbing around and they eventually start sinking into the goo.


9 posted on 10/31/2008 6:01:25 AM PDT by dragnet2
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To: Rightly Biased

Ohhhhhh great. LOL


10 posted on 10/31/2008 6:07:27 AM PDT by WestCoastGal (READ MY LIPSTICK!!! I'm praying for Sarah Palin - Keep the vultures away from her.)
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To: Dallas59
Tooo close to the New Madrid fault line for my comfort.
11 posted on 10/31/2008 6:08:52 AM PDT by Just mythoughts (Isa.3:4 And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them.)
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To: Dallas59

Didn’t feel a thing.


12 posted on 10/31/2008 6:09:01 AM PDT by dfwgator (I hate Illinois Marxists)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

Ping.


13 posted on 10/31/2008 6:13:10 AM PDT by Deaf Smith
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To: WestCoastGal

There are fault lines all over. There’s one up through the Arbuckle mountains just north into Oklahoma, near Davis and the surrounding area.


14 posted on 10/31/2008 6:16:48 AM PDT by kenth (Will Rogers never met Barack Obama.)
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To: Dallas59

PacMan Jones? Is that you?


15 posted on 10/31/2008 6:17:39 AM PDT by Glenn (Free Venezuela!)
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To: Glenn

It was probably from Mark Cuban throwing a temper tamptrum after seeing how bad the Mavericks are going to suck this year.


16 posted on 10/31/2008 6:18:42 AM PDT by dfwgator (I hate Illinois Marxists)
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To: dfwgator
seeing how bad the Mavericks are going to suck this year

I'm convinced Cuban loves misery.

17 posted on 10/31/2008 6:19:51 AM PDT by Glenn (Free Venezuela!)
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To: Dallas59

OK, I confess, it was me, after my dinner of Tex-Mex tacos and bean burritos, with extra hot sauce.


18 posted on 10/31/2008 6:20:09 AM PDT by Licensed-To-Carry (Time to dig out the pitchforks and torches...............)
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To: Dallas59

Iran testing a couple more nukes... nothing to see here... move along...


19 posted on 10/31/2008 6:20:46 AM PDT by conservative_guyz
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To: WestCoastGal
I was looking at an earthquake graft awhile back and Texas gets a lot of them. They were listed as “man made” though :’)
20 posted on 10/31/2008 6:30:32 AM PDT by CindyDawg (Pray before you vote.)
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To: CindyDawg

Blanket coverage drilling under D/FW airport.


21 posted on 10/31/2008 6:38:02 AM PDT by Deaf Smith
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To: dragnet2

Well...We have truckers that live here. I got up after I heard the low rumble and looked into the parking lot thinking that one of em had pulled their rig in.


22 posted on 10/31/2008 6:38:27 AM PDT by Dallas59 (Redistribute Obamas Wealth)
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To: Dallas59

I was wondering what that was last night. I thought it was a FedEx jet taking off from Alliance, but it was a different rumble. Very odd.


23 posted on 10/31/2008 6:47:03 AM PDT by GOPyouth ("Bob Dole" - Bob Dole)
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To: Deaf Smith

Drudge Report has the national, CA state, and world-wide earthquake reports: Click on the link on the lower right corner, near his name and contact buttons.


24 posted on 10/31/2008 7:24:19 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: kenth; cogitator

Very, very roughly speaking, you could assume that the recent TX and OK earthquakes near Dallas are an extension of an (assumed very ancient) fault line projecting down through the St Lawrence River valley in Canada, through the Great Lakes, through Memphis TN (the 1812 New Madrid quakes) and down into north Texas.

Over time, there is a very distinct continuous “line” of small (mag 2-3) earthquakes right up and down this line.


25 posted on 10/31/2008 7:29:58 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Dallas59; Fiddlstix; Squantos; Clinger; GeronL; Billie; Slyfox; San Jacinto; SpookBrat; ...
"What's Shakin'???"

WE ARE !! :)

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The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake with a 2.5 magnitude was reported at 11:25 p.m. Thursday, centered in the Grand Prairie area.

The agency says a slightly stronger quake, at 3.0 magnitude, occurred at 12:01 a.m. Friday, centered in Irving.

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Ping! Ping! Pingin' a few Texans!

And a few other FRiends, too! :)


26 posted on 10/31/2008 7:31:46 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Obama, WHO is Bill Ayers and WHY are you still friends with him? Please RSVP asap!)
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To: Dallas59

In case anybody was worried, I’m okay....


27 posted on 10/31/2008 7:35:26 AM PDT by DallasMike
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To: Dallas59

someone had a chili cookoff last evening


28 posted on 10/31/2008 7:36:34 AM PDT by Puddleglum
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To: Dallas59

Hmmm. Grand Prairie here, and I was FReeping when this allegedly happened. Didn’t feel a thing.


29 posted on 10/31/2008 7:41:11 AM PDT by Jedidah
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To: Deaf Smith; CindyDawg

Drilling activity actually can cause quakes. No kidding. You just might be onto something, Deaf, considering all the holes being poked in the ground around here.


30 posted on 10/31/2008 7:44:13 AM PDT by Jedidah
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To: dfwgator

Over in Garland/Dallas border. Didn’t feel a thing and did not disturb my two dogs either.

Must of been the devil casting his vote for Obama.


31 posted on 10/31/2008 7:44:56 AM PDT by billygoatgruff
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To: MeekOneGOP

I didn’t feel a thing here. Of course, I sleep like a log and I wouldn’t have felt a thing at 12:01 a.m. Friday.


32 posted on 10/31/2008 7:45:18 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Don't worry about the polls - GO VOTE!)
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To: Dallas59

Didn’t feel a thing...


33 posted on 10/31/2008 7:48:38 AM PDT by Texans
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE
I found this map of earthquake epicenters since 1974.


34 posted on 10/31/2008 8:08:28 AM PDT by cogitator
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To: Mabus


35 posted on 10/31/2008 8:14:19 AM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: MeekOneGOP
Shoot, Meekers, only a scant aproximately 80 million years ago we had our own volcano just outside of Austin: PILOT KNOB. There's up to 700 ft of vertical offset on some portions of the various Balcones faults. This real estate was really jumping at one time.
36 posted on 10/31/2008 8:57:30 AM PDT by xJones
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To: cogitator
Since this is Halloween, I just feel the need to scare the fire out of somebody.:) Read a terrifying eye witness account of the disastrous earthquakes that rocked the whole region from December, 1811 to February. 1812. The New Madrid Earthquake

Dear Sir, In compliance with your request, I will now give you a history, as full in detail as the limits of the letter will permit, of the late awful visitation of Providence in this place and vicinity.

On the 16th of December, 1811, about two o'clock, A.M., we were visited by a violent shock of an earthquake, accompanied by a very awful noise resembling loud but distant thunder, but more hoarse and vibrating, which was followed in a few minutes by the complete saturation of the atmosphere, with sulphurious vapor, causing total darkness. The screams of the affrighted inhabitants running to and fro, not knowing where to go, or what to do - the cries of the fowls and beasts of every species - the cracking of trees falling, and the roaring of the Mississippi - the current of which was retrogade for a few minutes, owing as is supposed, to an irruption in its bed -- formed a scene truly horrible.

From that time until about sunrise, a number of lighter shocks occurred; at which time one still more violent than the first took place, with the same accompaniments as the first, and the terror which had been excited in everyone, and indeed in all animal nature, was now, if possible doubled. The inhabitants fled in every direction to the country, supposing (if it can be admitted that their minds can be exercised at all) that there was less danger at a distance from, than near to the river. In one person, a female, the alarm was so great that she fainted, and could not be recovered.

There were several shocks of a day, but lighter than those already mentioned until the 23d of January, 1812, when one occurred as violent as the severest of the former ones, accompanied by the same phenomena as the former. From this time until the 4th of February the earth was in continual agitation, visibly waving as a gentle sea. On that day there was another shock, nearly as hard as the proceeding ones. Next day four such, and on the 7th about 4 o'clock A.M., a concussion took place so much more violent than those that had proceeded it, that it was dominated the hard shock. The awful darkness of the atmosphere, which was formerly saturated with sulphurious vapor, and the violence of the tempestuous thundering noise that accompanied it, together with all of the other phenomena mentioned as attending the former ones, formed a scene, the description of which would require the most sublimely fanciful imagination.

At first the Mississippi seemed to recede from its banks, and its waters gathering up like a mountain, leaving for the moment many boats, which were here on their way to New Orleans, on bare sand, in which time the poor sailors made their escape from them. It then rising fifteen to twenty feet perpendicularly, and expanding, as it were, at the same moment, the banks were overflowed with the retrogade current, rapid as a torrent - the boats which before had been left on the sand were now torn from their moorings, and suddenly driven up a little creek, at the mouth of which they laid, to the distance in some instances, of nearly a quarter of a mile. The river falling immediately, as rapid as it had risen, receded in its banks again with such violence, that it took with it whole groves of young cotton-wood trees, which ledged its borders. They were broken off which such regularity, in some instances, that persons who had not witnessed the fact, would be difficultly persuaded, that is has not been the work of art. A great many fish were left on the banks, being unable to keep pace with the water. The river was literally covered with the wrecks of boats, and 'tis said that one was wrecked in which there was a lady and six children, all of whom were lost.

In all the hard shocks mentioned, the earth was horribly torn to pieces - the surface of hundreds of acres, was, from time to time, covered over, in various depths, by the sand which issued from the fissures, which were made in great numbers all over this country, some of which closed up immediately after they had vomited forth their sand and water, which it must be remarked, was the matter generally thrown up. In some places, however, there was a substance somewhat resembling coal, or impure stone coal, thrown up with the sand. It is impossible to say what the depths of the fissures or irregular breaks were; we have reason to believe that some of them are very deep.

The site of this town was evidently settled down at least fifteen feet, and not more than a half a mile below the town there does not appear to be any alteration on the bank of the river, but back from the river a small distance, the numerous large ponds or lakes, as they are called, which covered a great part of the country were nearly dried up. The beds of some of them are elevated above their former banks several feet, producing an alteration of ten, fifteen to twenty feet, from their original state. And lately it has been discovered that a lake was formed on the opposite side of the Mississippi, in the Indian country, upwards of one hundred miles in length, and from one to six miles in width, of the depth of ten to fifty feet. It has communication with the river at both ends, and it is conjectured that it will not be many years before the principal part, if not the whole of the Mississippi, will pass that way.

We were constrained by the fear of our houses falling to live twelve or eighteen months, after the first shocks, in little light camps made of boards; but we gradually became callous, and returned to our houses again. Most of those who fled from the country in the time of the hard shocks have since returned home. We have, since the commencement in 1811, and still continue to feel, slight shocks occasionally. It is seldom indeed that we are more than a week without feeling one, and sometimes three of four in a day. There were two this winter past much harder than we had felt them for two years before; but since then they appear to be lighter than they have ever been, and we begin to hope that ere long they will entirely cease.

I have now, sir, finished my promised description of the earthquake - imperfect it is true, but just as it occurred to my memory; many of, and most of the truly awful scenes, having occurred three or four years ago. They of course are not related with that precision which would entitle it to the character of a full and accurate picture. But such as it is, it is given with pleasure - in the full confidence that it is given to a friend. And now, sir, wishing you all good, I must bid you adieu.

Your humble servant, Eliza Bryan

There is one circumstance which I think worthy of remark. This country was formerly subject to very hard thunder; but for more than twelve months before the commencement of the earthquake there was none at all, and but very little since, a great part of which resembles subterraneous thunder. The shocks still continue, but are growing more light, and less frequent. -E.B.

37 posted on 10/31/2008 9:24:53 AM PDT by xJones
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To: MeekOneGOP

Wow, we have never ever had an earthquake before.

Must be all the voters heading to the polls.


38 posted on 10/31/2008 9:37:34 AM PDT by ClancyJ
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To: cogitator
That puts many more quakes over in OK than I ever expected.
Thanks!

(Soberly - That graphic puts MANY MANY more quakes around the old New Madrid region than I ever expected. Although many hundred small ones relieve as much pressure over time as only a few very damaging large ones.)

39 posted on 10/31/2008 10:12:44 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: HHFi

A 2.5 or 3 is hardly noticeable....hardly enough to “shake” Dallas.


40 posted on 10/31/2008 10:14:24 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (Cuba got "Change"...in 1959)
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To: Puddleglum; fredhead
someone had a chili cookoff last evening

It's Fredhead's "fault"...

41 posted on 10/31/2008 10:16:30 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (Cuba got "Change"...in 1959)
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To: RanchoStash

Ping to #35! Batten the hatches!


42 posted on 10/31/2008 10:17:39 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (Cuba got "Change"...in 1959)
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To: ErnBatavia

Sorry, not my fault. I’m in Virginia, not Texas.


43 posted on 10/31/2008 10:24:46 AM PDT by fredhead (Obama wants to kill babies and raise taxes. Palin wants to kill taxes and raise babies.)
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To: MeekOneGOP
Geez a bunch of Whining Earthquake Woosies in Texas.


44 posted on 10/31/2008 11:35:52 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Does 0baMa0 have any friends, who are not foriegn or domestic terrorists,or religious terrorists?)
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To: Grampa Dave
Geez a bunch of Whining Earthquake Woosies in Texas.

Them's fightin' words, you varmit!


45 posted on 10/31/2008 12:34:00 PM PDT by xJones
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To: MeekOneGOP

You OK?


46 posted on 10/31/2008 1:13:23 PM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (We can win the economic meltdown debate: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2115485/posts)
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To: MeekOneGOP
"What's Shakin'???"

WE ARE !! :)

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The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake with a 2.5 magnitude was reported at 11:25 p.m. Thursday, centered in the Grand Prairie area.

The agency says a slightly stronger quake, at 3.0 magnitude, occurred at 12:01 a.m. Friday, centered in Irving.

I reckon the airfield outside Cleburne is doing all right. But you might want to keep an eye on these:

Below is a ranking of all Dallas buildings above 250 feet in height.


1 Bank of America Plaza 921 ft. 72 1985 JPJ Architects
2 Renaissance Tower** 886 ft. 56 1974 HOK
3 Bank One Center 787 ft. 60 1987 Johnson/Burgee
4 Chase Tower 738 ft. 55 1987 SOM
5 Fountain Place 720 ft. 62 1986 I.M. Pei & Partners
6 Trammell Crow Tower 686 ft. 50 1984 SOM
7 1700 Pacific 655 ft. 50 1983 WZMH Group
8 Thanksgiving Tower 645 ft. 50 1982 HKS Architects
9 Energy Plaza 629 ft. 49 1983 I.M. Pei & Partners
10 Elm Place 625 ft. 52 1965 George L. Dahl
11 Republic Center Tower II 598 ft. 50 1964 Harrell & Hamilton
12 One AT&T Plaza 580 ft. 37 1984
13 Lincoln Plaza 579 ft. 45 1984 HKS Architects
14 Cityplace Center East* 560 ft. 42 1989
15 Reunion Tower 560 ft. --- 1978 Welton Becket & Associates
16 Adam's Mark Hotel Center Tower 550 ft. 42 1958 Welton Becket & Associates
17 2001 Bryan 512 ft. 40 1973 Neuhaus & Taylor
18 Harwood Center (formerly Olympia & York Tower) 483 ft. 36 1982 WZMH Group
19 KMPG Centre (formerly Maxus Energy Tower) 481 ft. 34 1980
20 San Jacinto Tower 456 ft. 33 1982 John Carl Warnecke with Beran & Shelmire
21 Republic Center Tower I*** 452 ft. 36 1954 Harrison & Abramovitz
22 Renaissance Hotel* 451 ft. 29 1983
23 Adam's Mark Hotel North Tower 448 ft. 31 1980 Welton Becket & Associates
24 One Dallas Centre 448 ft. 30 1979 I.M. Pei & Partners
25 One Main Place 445 ft. 34 1968 SOM
26 1600 Pacific 434 ft. 31 1964
27 Mercantile National Bank Building**** 430 ft. 31 1942 Walter Ahlschlager & Donald Nelson
28 Magnolia Hotel 400 ft. 27 1923 Sir Alfred Bossom
29 Fidelity Union Tower 400 ft. 33 1959
30 Southwestern Bell Toll Building 372 ft. 22
31 Mercantile Dallas Building 360 ft. 22 1954
32 Adam's Mark Hotel South Tower 352 ft. 38 1958 Welton Becket & Associates
33 Univision Center 344 ft. 26 1983
34 Hyatt Regency Hotel 343 ft. 30 1978 Welton Becket & Associates
36 1200 Main (formerly Main Tower) 336 ft. 26 1973
37 Dallas Galleria Tower* 333 ft. 26
38 Plaza of The Americas North Tower 332 ft. 25 1979
38 Plaza of The Americas South Tower 332 ft. 25 1979
40 Center City Plaza (formerly the Adolphus Tower) 327 ft. 27 1954
41 Park Central No. 3* 327 ft. 20
42 Three AT&T Plaza 326 ft. 24 1927, 1964
43 Davis Building 323 ft. 21 1925
44 Manor House 319 ft. 26 1966
45 Preston Tower 316 ft. 29 1966
46 Tower Petroleum Building 315 ft. 23 1931 Mark Lemmon
47 Adolphus Hotel Center Tower 312 ft. 23 1926 Sir Alfred Bossom
47 SBC East Dallas 310 ft. 20
47 Old Penney Regional Credit Building* 310 ft. 23 1975
48 Fairmont Hotel 308 ft. 24 1968
49 The Metropolis (formerly 511. N. Akard) 303 ft. 17 1957
49 Adolphus Hotel 303 ft. 20 1912 Barnett, Hayes, & Barnett
51 Santa Fe Building 300 ft. 20 1926 Lloyd R. Whitson
51 Two Turtle Creek Village* 300 ft. 18 1972

47 posted on 10/31/2008 1:28:39 PM PDT by archy (Et Thybrim multo spumantem sanguine cerno. [from Virgil's *Aeneid*.])
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

I think you are right. Geologically we sit over a fulcrum range of paleozoics or maybe even precambrian, at near the depth of the quake, if one of our geologists could chime in.

I’m not looking forward to the seismic design changes, myself, but we need them. Lateral force is lateral force, and we have it in Texas. We had been in zone “0”.


48 posted on 10/31/2008 1:41:07 PM PDT by BuglerTex
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To: conservative_guyz; MeekOneGOP
Iran testing a couple more nukes... nothing to see here... move along...

But then I would have felt it. And I didn't feel a thang. ;-)

(For once...)

49 posted on 10/31/2008 2:08:26 PM PDT by Allegra (NO giving up, NO quitting, NO doom and gloom, NO drama queens...VOTE.)
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To: xJones

Wednesday morning at about 3:30 am, a deer triggered our sensor lights. The deer are well programed. All I have to do is open our back deck door and they run away.

After I did the door trick, I got back into bed. My wife never fully awakes during these events beside elbowing me in the ribs and murmuring, “Deer”!

As I laid my head on the pillow I felt a tremor. Then, there was another one. My wife asked me what was wrong, and told her we just had two earthquakes.

Her response,”Wake me when the house goes off the foundations!”

The next morning I checked the site I posted here, and we had two tremors over 3. about 14 miles away at that time.


50 posted on 10/31/2008 3:47:22 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Does 0baMa0 have any friends, who are not foriegn or domestic terrorists,or religious terrorists?)
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