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Largest earthquake in past 5 years in North Texas hits near Azle

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A 3.6 magnitude earthquake hit near Azle, TX Tuesday night, according to the U.S. Geological Survey's website

A search of the database there revealed that this was the biggest earthquake in North Texas within the last five years.

Nearby residents reported feeling the quake rattle them around 6:45 p.m.

One woman who was home making dinner at the time said she not only felt the quake, she heard it. She said she had recently had the foundation of her home repaired and noticed some new cracks in the sheetrock after the quake.

"The entire house shook. And I could have sworn one of the windows had busted out. It was pretty loud and everything was shaking. It was like the walls had came in and then came back out. It was kinda weird," Dakota Little said.

Some FOX 4 Facebook fans also reported feeling it. For some, it was scarier than others.

"I live in Grapevine and my whole apartment was shaking for about 3-5 sec. Around 6:45," said Amy Boone.

"Saginaw... just felt like a plane flying low. That's it," wrote Amy Cobb Long.

The earthquake is one of two others around Azle that were detected Tuesday. A 2.5 magnitude tremor was detected just before noon, and a 2.8 magnitude one just after noon.

There have been 13 quakes in the area this month.

In the past five years there have been more earthquakes than in the previous four decades.

Maps provided by the U.S. Geological Survey show that from 1970 through the end of 2007, there were only two earthquakes in the area. There were many more in places like Oklahoma.

Since the start of 2008, there have been 74 minor quakes in the area with heavy concentrations in Johnson, Ellis and Parker counties.

Many have speculated that natural gas production by fracking is to blame, though so far there is nothing to conclusively prove that.

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