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ETX Earthquake felt near and far from epicenter


A 4.3 magnitude earthquake struck three miles east of the city of Timpson Thursday morning at 3:12. Only ten minutes later KLTV 7 viewers began to contact the station with questions, concerns and comments about the third biggest earthquake to hit East Texas.

Through email, Facebook, Twitter and by phone hundreds of East Texans shared their earthquake experience with KLTV.

Kim Jones emailed the station the moment the earthquake shook her out of her sleep early Thursday morning.

"Earthquake woke us up at 3:10 a.m. from dead sleep in Nacogdoches! Texted our neighbors, and it woke them up too! Windows rattling and bed shaking for just a few seconds," Jones wrote.

"I don't know what time it was, but I was woken up in the middle of the night and my bed was shaking, said Beverly Bigalow, who felt the earthquake in Gladewater.

"I was sound asleep and I woke up thinking someone was kicking my bed," said Trey Tounzen, who was staying at the Hilton in Tyler.

 "It was almost like being on a boat. There was this sensation that maybe if you had been standing up, but I honestly thought I was being beamed up," said Judith Trickey, who felt the earthquake in Longview.

"I just felt a little tremble like she did and I didn't know what was going on, I thought it was my kids up at 3 in the morning doing something in the house," said Andrea Rubio, who felt the earthquake in Longview.

On Todd Konwinski wrote that he didn't he didn't feel it as strong as other areas, but he felt something.

"Definitely felt it in Nacogdoches; well, I didn't initially, I probably would have slept right through it if my wife didn't wake me screaming the bed's shaking," Konwinski said.

Brittany Blackwell works at Rudy's gas station in Timpson, just a few miles away from the epicenter of the earthquake. 

She said she was at home when the earthquake hit. She said it sent her running to protect her 2-year-old son. 

"My first thought was what do I do? Where do I take him? Where do I go?" she explained.

When she arrived at work, she found the floor covered with broken glass, chips and candy.

Jo Hartt lives just a few miles away from Rudy's. She awoke to her chimney shifting, drawers opening and china breaking. 

"It's eerie; it's an indescribable feeling," she said.

The earthquake may have lasted only seconds, but the physical and emotional damage still lingers.

The KLTV Facebook page was flooded with questions.

"I just felt a tremor in White Oak, TX," Lindsay Upson wrote. "What is going on?"

"Did anyone just feel the earthquake? We are at Longview Regional, and everyone here felt it for about 10 seconds," Jessie Tejeda-Clark wrote.

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