West Texas shaken by a 5.3 magnitude earthquake

Texans from El Paso to Austin reported feeling a 5.3 magnitude earthquake that struck on Wednesday, according to the United States Geological Survey.

According to the United States Geological Survey, a 5.3 magnitude earthquake hit western Texas on Wednesday.

Texans reported feeling the earthquake from El Paso (about 180 miles east) to San Antonio in central Texas.


Marfa West, just south of Wednesday’s earthquake. (Prisma By Dukas/Universal Images Group via Getty Images).

Around 3:32 p.m., the earthquake struck approximately 6 miles underground.

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It is the third largest earthquake in Texas’ history.

The magnitude 6.0 earthquake that struck Valentine, Texas in August 1931 was the strongest. According to the University of Texas at Austin, the magnitude 5.8 earthquake that struck western Texas in April 1995 was the second-largest.

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