4.8-magnitude earthquake reported northwest of Beeville

Residents in rural area of South Texas got a surprise as they were getting ready to go to school and start their day.

Officials have confirmed a 4.8-magnitude earthquake took place northwest of Beeville.

U.S. Geological Survey officials reported that the earthquake happened about 37 miles northwest of Beeville at 7:24 a.m. Thursday.

The earthquake's epicenter was located several miles west of Karnes City and Kenedy.

Residents as far away as San Antonio, Floresville, Pleasanton, Falls City and La Vernia reported feeling the quake.

Eyewitness Reports

Rio Grande Valley residents reported that family members living and traveling through the area also felt the quake.

Becky Menchaca Cavazos told Action 4 News on Facebook that her sister Falls City was getting her children ready for school when it happened.

She said her sister is blaming the drought and nearby oil drilling.

Gladis Salazar said her husband Danny was at a truck stop when the quake happened.

Salazar said her husband thought the quake was an 18-wheeler passing by but he turned around a saw employees closing down the store and talking about the earthquake.

David Cavazos said his sister -in-law lives in Falls City where her house shook a little.

Cavazos said his sister-in-law's dog was outside but ran inside the house after being scared by the quake.

Texas Earthquakes

According to the USGS website, earthquakes are infrequent in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains.

"The enormous region from the Rockies to the Atlantic can go years without an earthquake large enough to be felt, and several U.S. states have never reported a damaging earthquake," the USGS website states."The earthquakes that do occur strike anywhere at irregular intervals."

The Beeville earthquake is the third earthquake above a 4.0 on the Richter scale to happen in Texas over the past year and a half.

A 4.4-magnitude earthquake was reported southeast of Lubbock back on September 11th.

A 4.0-magnitude earthquake was reported east of Alice back in April 2010.

Action 4 News will provide more information as it becomes available.

U.S. Geological Survey Page for Beeville Earthquake