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POSTED: Monday, November 7, 2011 - 4:19pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

The earthquakes in North and South Texas have not been deadly, but they were a surprise.

Now Central Texans can't help but wonder...are we next?

"We could have movement any where where ancient fault lines have been. We have a fault zone called the Balcones that's not been active for the last 15 million years," McLennan Community College Geology Professor Elaine Fagner said.

So what actually caused the earthquakes so close to home?

"The several that occurred in Oklahoma were surface faults, where some kind of earth movement occurred at the surface very close to, even within 3 or so miles of the surface, so you're not looking at drastic movements of plates," Fagner said.

So while Central Texans may be safe from earthquakes, what other natural disasters do we need to be aware of?

"We could have mass wasting here. Mass wasting is a place where the ground fails from time to time, and that happens all over the country," she said.

But even with the slight chances of land movements...

"We are in a pretty safe area, tomorrow that could change, but likely not."

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