Rare 5.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits West Texas


A rare magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck west Texas near Mentone on Wednesday around 3:30 pm central.

This is the third strongest quake to ever strike Texas.

According to the US Geological Survey, the epicenter of the Texas quake was about 30 miles west of Toyah.

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Shaking was felt as far as Alpine, NewsWest9 reported.

The quake was followed by a few aftershocks.

No reports of damage or injuries so far.

NewsWest9 reported:

The United States Geological Survey is reporting that a magnitude 5.3 earthquake shook much of west Texas around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The quake struck west-southwest of Mentone, about 35 miles northwest of Pecos, at a depth of about 5.5 miles.

It was followed by two aftershocks, one a magnitude 2.8 and the other a magnitude 2.6.

This is the third strongest earthquake ever to strike Texas, and the strongest since 1995. Other west Texas areas on the list of the strongest in state history include Fort Davis, Alpine and Loving County.

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