Early-morning earthquake rattles Parkin residents, businesses - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

Early-morning earthquake rattles Parkin residents, businesses

PARKIN, AR (KAIT) - Region 8 shook to life at 7:39 this morning during a 3.9 magnitude earthquake centered in eastern Cross County.

Even though the earthquake was centered 6 miles southwest of Parkin, the ground rumbled as if the town itself was in the cross hairs.

Business for the quiet town's lone gas station slowed to a halt after the quake shut gas pumps down.

"I think the tremor messed our pumps up under the bottom, because immediately after it had smoothed all the way down, people's gas wasn't flowing. We were having trouble with gas for about an hour."

Several security cameras captured the frantic moments. Shaky video reveals that motorists continued pumping gas, seemingly unaware of the quake.

Cashier Sherry Gillon dismissed the endlessly rattling windows and shelves in the store as the routine garbage pick-up.

"We were the only business open. I was standing up here, ringing out a customer. By that time, everything just went to shaking and moving around the register and stuff. I'm like--golly, that garbage truck noise is kind of heavy this morning."

Gillon noticed something was very wrong when the cash register in front of her began shaking violently.

"My boss man came over from the register and said 'Sharon, that's an earthquake.'"

It was something she had never experienced in Parkin after 45 years.

"My blood pressure did go up. I was really doing more shaking than the earthquake was at that time."

Information on earthquake preparedness and safety can be found by clicking here.

Copyright 2012 KAIT. All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Crews fish truck out of Sabine

    Crews fish truck out of Sabine

    Sunday, April 22 2018 10:12 PM EDT2018-04-23 02:12:44 GMT
    An unusual call out for water rescue in one East Texas town, as a truck has to be fished out of the Sabine River. It happened Saturday at the boat launch ramp in Lakeport at the river bridge on highway 149. Fishermen had been putting their boats in and out of the water at the Lakeport ramp all day,  but one entry into the water didn't go as planned. The driver was out of the truck when."It came out of gear, went into the river. Fortunately, it was a vehicle with nobody i...More >>
    An unusual call out for water rescue in one East Texas town, as a truck has to be fished out of the Sabine River. It happened Saturday at the boat launch ramp in Lakeport at the river bridge on highway 149. Fishermen had been putting their boats in and out of the water at the Lakeport ramp all day,  but one entry into the water didn't go as planned. The driver was out of the truck when."It came out of gear, went into the river. Fortunately, it was a vehicle with nobody i...More >>
  • TxDOT launches 'Drive Clean Texas' in honor of Earth Day

    TxDOT launches 'Drive Clean Texas' in honor of Earth Day

    Sunday, April 22 2018 4:40 PM EDT2018-04-22 20:40:35 GMT
    (Source: Pixabay)(Source: Pixabay)

    The Texas Department of Transportation is unveiling its "Drive Clean Texas" in honor of Earth Day.

    More >>

    The Texas Department of Transportation is unveiling its "Drive Clean Texas" in honor of Earth Day.

    More >>
  • Man killed in Longview accident Saturday night identified

    Man killed in Longview accident Saturday night identified

    Sunday, April 22 2018 10:36 AM EDT2018-04-22 14:36:24 GMT
    Longview police have identified the man who died in a crash Saturday night. According to police, Wilbert Hawkins, 58, died after being hit by a car in the 3900 block of West Loop 281. According to reports, Hawkins got out of his car after it stopped working in the inside lane of westbound West Loop 281. Several cars stopped to prevent from hitting Hawkins’ car. A 2015 Nissan Titan, driven by Julio Martinez, 38, of Longview, moved into the turning lane of westbound ...More >>
    Longview police have identified the man who died in a crash Saturday night. According to police, Wilbert Hawkins, 58, died after being hit by a car in the 3900 block of West Loop 281. According to reports, Hawkins got out of his car after it stopped working in the inside lane of westbound West Loop 281. Several cars stopped to prevent from hitting Hawkins’ car. A 2015 Nissan Titan, driven by Julio Martinez, 38, of Longview, moved into the turning lane of westbound ...More >>
Powered by Frankly