MENTONE, Texas– A powerful earthquake struck a sparsely populated desert area in western Texas on Thursday, causing tremors that could be felt as far away as the Mexican city of Ciudad Juárez.
The magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck around 3:30 p.m., according to Jim DeBerry, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in the western Texas city of Midland. He said the quake’s magnitude meant it likely caused damage in the remote oil field and scrubland, but so far none have been reported.
DeBerry said the epicenter was about 23 miles south of Mentone, a tiny community south of the New Mexico state line and 95 miles west of Midland.
State Assemblyman Eddie Morales Jr., whose district includes Mentone, said he has spoken to authorities and no injuries have been reported. He said via Twitter that state officials “will inspect roads, bridges and other infrastructure as a precautionary measure.”
DeBerry said there were reports of people feeling the quake’s shaking 200 miles west in the border town of Ciudad Juárez and 200 miles south in Terlingua, a small community near Rio Grande and Big Bend National Parks.
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