The Alice Echo-News Journal reported today (about an hour ago):
The U.S. Geological Survey is now confirming a 4.0 magnitude earthquake hit the Alice area at about 9:15 p.m. Reports indicate the earthquake lasted about 30 seconds and was felt along the Alice fault line from Alice to Calallen.
There have been no reports of injuries.
I did a little searching online for earthquakes in Texas and found this FAQ page from the UT-Austin’s Institute for Geophysics.
Q: Does drilling for oil and gas cause or trigger earthquakes?
A: Research carried out by UTIG scientists suggests that earthquakes in some parts of Texas may be induced by the pumping of fluids at oil and gas fields, or by the injection of fluids to dispose of chemical wastes. The earthquakes in the Fashing-Pleasanton area southeast of San Antonio are almost certainly caused by or triggered by pumping; such earthquakes also seem to occur in the Texas Panhandle near Snyder, Texas.
Shouldn’t this information kinda… you know… give us a clue? I was very happy to move to an area that didn’t experience major natural disasters, other than bad mayors and a little heat. Good luck, Alice Texas!