A 5.Zero magnitude earthquake shook a distant area of West Texas on Thursday morning.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the tremor rattled an space between El Paso and Odessa, with stronger shakes felt nearer to the epicenter of the quake.
The epicenter occurred about 26 miles west of the agricultural city Mentone, close to the road between Mountain and Central time zones.
El Paso was first struck with the earthquake at 9:16 a.m. and Odessa an hour later at 10:16 a.m., in accordance with CNN.
Solely mild tremors have been reported in El Paso and Odessa, the USGS reported.
The USGS has raised the earthquake score to five.0, may nonetheless be adjusted once more with time. https://t.co/E0uznsjDrw
— NWS El Paso (@NWSElPaso) March 26, 2020
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In accordance with ABC Information, six hours earlier than the 5.Zero earthquake, a tremor with a magnitude of three.Zero was additionally felt within the space.
No accidents or main injury was reported in El Paso, in accordance with the El Paso Occasions reported by way of a USGS emergency alert.
Because of tremors in El Paso from the earthquake in Culberson and Reeves County, the 2-1-1 Name Middle is offline as employees needed to be evacuated. Calls will nonetheless be answered by the community however the native specialists are offline.
— Metropolis of El Paso (@ElPasoTXGov) March 26, 2020
On the time of the quake, a name heart for El Paso’s 24-hour service hotline was compelled to briefly evacuate.
“Calls will nonetheless be answered by the community however the native specialists are offline,” the town of El Paso tweeted Thursday.
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As earthquakes don’t occur often within the El Paso space, a number of residents shared their confusion on social media.
One individual shared, “I by no means thought I might get to report on an earthquake in El Paso/ Las Cruces, however right here 2020 comes with extra surprises. Can we throw this yr away but??”