MENTONE, TX – A powerful earthquake shook the sparsely populated West Texas desert on Thursday, sending tremors as far away as the Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez.
The 5.3-magnitude earthquake struck around 3:30 p.m., according to Jim DeBerry, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Midland, Texas. He said the strength of the quake meant it likely damaged remote oil slicks and bushland, but there were no reports yet.
DeBerry said the epicenter was about 23 miles south of Mentone, a tiny community just south of the New Mexico border and 95 miles west of Midland.
State Rep. Eddie Morales Jr., whose district includes Mentone, said he had spoken with authorities and no injuries were reported. He said via Twitter that government officials would “check roads, bridges and other infrastructure as a precaution.”
DeBerry said there were reports of people feeling tremors from the quake 200 miles to the west in the border city of Ciudad Juarez and 200 miles to the south in Terlingua, a small community near the Rio Grande and Big Bend National Park.
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