3.5 magnitude earthquake hits and this time it’s personal


Lawn chairs were overturned in the most damaging Irving earthquake to date

An earthquake registering 3.5 magnitude hit Irving at about 3 p.m. today (Jan. 6).

This is the largest earthquake to hit Irving and the largest in the area since a 3.6 magnitude earthquake hit Azle in 2013.

In the Dallas Voice office, the earthquake was felt by people on one end of the office, but not by those in the center of the building.

Executive Editor Arnold Wayne Jones said, “It sounded like a bull came barreling through the office.”

Advertising Director Chad Mantooth said he felt the earth move under his feet. He felt the sky come tumbling down, while social media manager Stephen Mobley mostly just screamed like a little girl.

Others on staff said, “What the frack? The gays caused it.”

—  David Taffet

Anti-gay El Paso candidate says earthquake and tsunami in Japan were a curse from God

On Monday we told you how several anti-gay candidates are running for El Paso City Council in the wake of the ongoing battle over domestic partner benefits for municipal workers.

Well, one of those anti-gay candidates, Malcolm McGregor III, told ABC 7 he believes the tsunami and earthquake in Japan were a curse from God.

“Japan had built tsunami walls along their coasts but this tsunami was bigger than that. No matter what you say, they either weren’t blessed with protection or they were cursed with an earthquake,” McGregor said. “God did say, Christ did say that earthquakes would increase in the last days and that’s what we’re seeing.”

McGregor is part of the group El Pasoans for Traditional Family Values, which sponsored a successful ballot initiative to rescind DP benefits in November, after the benefits were approved by the City Council. McGregor is also a defendant in the pending federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the ballot initiative.

—  John Wright

Oil drilling and quakes in North Texas

Okay, so this isn’t an LGBT story at all. But I live in Fort Worth and they are drilling all over my neighborhood, so it is important to me.

Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas have released a report on a joint study they did saying that there is “a plausible connection” between drilling in the Barnett Shale for natural gas and a series of small earthquakes that rattled the Dallas-Fort Worth area from fall 2008 through last spring.

A second report is due out soon that will address quakes that happened in Cleburne, south of Fort Worth, during that same time period. There’s a lot of drilling going on there, too.

There were about a dozen earthquakes recorded in DFW, the largest reading a 3.3 on the Richter Scale. None caused any reported injuries or major damage. According to the study, there may have been as many as 11 more earthquakes too small for anyone to notice.

This story in the Houston Chronicle pointed out that since drilling in the area stopped, there have been no more earthquakes here.

Like I said, I know this isn’t really an “LGBT story.” But it sure could affect some LGBT people in this area (like me). And in light of the huge earthquakes that have devastated Haiti and Chile in recent weeks, I think it is something to take note of.

—  admin