Emergency leaders: Almost no chance of big quake hitting N. TX

There is almost no chance of a big earthquake hitting North Texas, according to City of Dallas emergency leaders, but they are still not taking any chances.

Dallas wants to team up with the City of Irving as part of a task force investigating the quakes.

Since the beginning of the year, there have been 18 earthquakes recorded near the site of the old Texas Stadium in Irving.

The quakes have a lot of people, including Dallas city leaders, rattled.

SMU is leading an investigation into the quakes, with more than 20 seismographs in various hot spots, including at DPD's northwest patrol on Harry Hines Boulevard near 635 and one at Luna Vista Golf Course on Luna Road.

But there is some comfort -- the chance of an even moderate quake, a magnitude 5.0, is miniscule; less than one percent.

"The chances of us getting that magnitude of quake is very remote," said Rocky Vas with the Office of Emergency Management.

Despite assurances, officials admit that the biggest fear of shaking on the ground is up in the air, like the 3.6 quake that recently shook the 40-plus skyscrapers in Dallas.

About 100,000 quakes like that happen nationwide every year.

Only in a 5.0 quake would the city rewrite building codes.

"The event happens first, unfortunately, and then there's reaction to those events," said Dallas building code inspector David Sessions. "That's the way all the codes work."

But even if North Texas were to be hit with a big quake, the city's response would be the same as it is for tornadoes, floods and other acts of nature.

FOX 4's calls to the Mayor of Irving have gone unanswered.

There's a lot of interest in a task force from cities across North Texas. Grand Prairie and the City of Coppell have expressed a desire to be a part of the task force.

By the end of the week, the task force hopes to have more on paper, and that would hopefully include names of people, what they're doing to move forward and input from SMU.

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