Expert says builders need not be worried
Dozens of earthquakes in the Dallas area this year have some folks a bit, well, shaken up. But should local residents and business owners be concerned, or are they just being paranoid?
Will the temblors become more frequent or more powerful? And how will it affect the real-estate market in Preston Hollow, which is just a few miles from the most concentrated area of seismic instability?
“If this was two years ago, if you were to ask me the last place I would expect to see an earthquake, I would say Texas, and specifically Dallas,” said Joshua Marrow, technical director of structural engineers with Partner Engineering and Science in San Francisco.
Yet in 2013, Texas was sixth in the country in the total number of earthquakes by state, well behind California, according to the United States Geological Survey. And those numbers have risen since. However, while the frequency is increasing, the quakes here aren’t damaging, and the chances for a major earthquake remain extremely remote, Marrow said.