ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – According to the USGS there are 500,000 reportable earthquakes a year. Some in the Permian Basin are familiar with the sights and sounds of an earthquake, the rumble and the earth-shaking beneath your feet.
“Hanging out in the bedroom, in bed actually and something that always happens, the house starts to kind of shake. It feels like somebody hit our house. Every time the earthquake happens it will feel like somebody rammed into our house and it always kind of gives us a weird feeling in our stomach you know,” said Taylor Robles.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported three earthquakes in the Permian Basin over the weekend, they have reported 19 just this year. A study by the TexNet Seismic Monitoring Program found earthquake activity may be related to hydraulic fracturing.
“My son through he felt one he was in his room playing Xbox and he came out and said ‘hey did you feel that’ it felt like somebody hit our house and he told him ‘it was probably just an earthquake but he felt the other one, we feel them all the time now,” said Robles.
At first, he was worried about damage to their house but so far they have been small enough to not cause any damage to the structure or land surrounding it.
“I never experienced an earthquake all my life until I got here to Odessa and so we’ve had quite a bit of them now,” he said.