Earthquake in Texas: a tremor of magnitude 5.3 near the New Mexico border felt as far as Ciudad Juárez

MENTONE, Texas — A strong earthquake shook a sparsely populated desert area in western Texas on Thursday, causing tremors felt as far away as the Mexican city of Ciudad Juárez.

The magnitude 5.3 earthquake hit around 3:30 p.m., according to Jim DeBerry, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in the west Texas town of Midland. He said the strength of the quake means it likely caused damage in the remote oil patch and scrubland, but none have been reported so far.

DeBerry said the epicenter was about 23 miles south of Mentone, a small community south of the New Mexico state line and 95 miles west of Midland.

State Representative Eddie Morales Jr., whose district includes Mentone, said he spoke with authorities and there were no injuries. He said via Twitter that state officials “will be inspecting roads, bridges and other infrastructure as a precaution.”

DeBerry said people were feeling vibrations from the earthquake 200 miles west in the border town of Ciudad Juárez and 200 miles south in Terlingua, a small community near Rio Grande National Park and Big Bend.

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