A magnitude 5.2 earthquake rattled far West Texas Wednesday morning, entering the list of the top five quakes ever recorded in the state. The earthquake struck at 3:27 a.m. near Mentone, Texas, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). This seismic event is tied for the fourth strongest in Texas history and occurred in an area where oilfield companies have long been active.
The effects of the earthquake were felt in nearby El Paso, where residents reported feeling shaking and swaying. While no significant damage or injuries have been reported so far, authorities are closely monitoring the situation for any potential aftershocks. The USGS has warned that aftershocks could be felt throughout the region.
The epicenter of the earthquake was located approximately 23 miles west-southwest of Mentone, a small town in a sparsely populated county in western Texas. The quake hit about 22 miles southwest of Mentone at 3:27 a.m., catching many residents off guard as they were sleeping.