Five small earthquakes hit a remote area of West Texas and were felt by borderland residents 150 miles away.
The temblors registered between 3.0 and 5.0 Thursday starting around 4 a.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The epicenter was about 25 miles west of Mentone in Loving County on the border with New Mexico.
The largest was a magnitude 5.0 about six hours later.
The epicenter of the largest of five earthquakes that struck West Texas Thursday, as reported by the United States Geological Services, or USGS
The largest of the five quakes had its epicenter less than 30 miles from the Mentone, Texas
That quake could be felt as far as 150 miles away in El Paso, Texas and neighboring Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
‘It felt like a truck going by, then you could hear a crack in the walls,’ said Verta Sparks, a deputy clerk at the Loving County Sheriff’s Department.
She said the department hadn’t gotten any calls for service.
No major damage or injuries were immediately reported in the sparsely populated area.
Loving County has only about 100 residents but is full of truck traffic serving the oil drilling industry in the surrounding Permian Basin.
Geologists say thousands of earthquakes recorded in recent years have been linked to the underground injection of wastewater from oil and gas production.
An update tweeted by the USGS upgraded the largest quake’s rating from 4.7 to a 5.0
A Google image of Mentone in Loving County, Texas, on the border with New Mexico. The epicenter of the large quake was about 25 miles away.
The largest of the quakes shook homes from El Paso’s Upper Valley to Central all the way through to Clint, Texas, the El Paso Times reports.
Across the border in Juárez, residents from the central Melchor Ocampo neighborhood to Las Torres on the city’s southeast side reported feeling the temblor.
The area isn’t accustomed to being rattled by quakes, which in this case left some residents left wondering what had just happened.
‘Did we just have a small scale #earthquake in #ElPaso? Who else felt it?’ El Pasoan Gera Alvarez said on Twitter.
The former UTEP soccer coach is originally from quake-prone Mexico City and said he knows ‘how they feel right away.’