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Seismic monitors to be installed in Azle area due to quakes

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Seismic monitors will be installed around Azle after a month filled with earthquakes in the area.

Seismologists from Southern Methodist University will place the monitors in strategic locations to monitor seismic activity in the area and help collect data to investigate why the quakes have occurred.

Four digital monitors from the U.S. Geological Survey could be installed as early as this week. SMU said the instruments can be installed in schools and private homes and businesses. Data from the monitors should be available online.

More than 20 earthquakes have occurred in North Texas, a majority in the Azle area, since the start of November.

"The first goal is to get a better handle on where these earthquakes are occurring," said Heather DeShon, SMU associate professor of geophysics.  "If it turns out they are near injection wells, then we'll study that potential link.  The primary goal is to provide better information for the public."

A 3.7 magnitude earthquake happened at 3:23 a.m. Monday and was centered about 11 miles north-northeast of Mineral Wells.

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