Magnitude 5.2 Earthquake Hits Texas

Bridget Mulroy
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The Lone Star State was hit by a powerful magnitude 5.2 earthquake this week. The earthquake was the strongest earthquake the state has experienced in over a century. The quake struck the border of Reeves and Culberson counties, at about 4:30 AM local time. Shaking was violent and reported as far as Roswell, New Mexico.

With seismic activity occurring more frequently in West Texas, we can’t help but take a closer look at the Balcones Fault running straight through the Lone Star state. The Balcones Fault runs past Waco, through Austin, and even past San Antonio.

The faulting said to have created the Balcones Fault took place over fifteen million years ago. The topography and faulting have been explored by Texas’ Bureau of Economic Geology at Austin, the University of Texas, and the state’s Seismological Network (TexNet) stationed at the University.

The reported earthquakes have been documented by USGS and TexNet, both credible and globally recognized seismic activity monitoring systems. UTC is an abbreviation for Coordinated Universal Time.

Magnitude 5.2 Earthquake Struck Coalson Draw, Texas: On 8 November 2023 at 10:27 AM UTC, a magnitude 5.2 earthquake struck Western Texas at a depth of 7.4 km.

Magnitude 3.4 Earthquake Struck 36 km West Southwest of Mentone, Texas: On 8 November 2023 at 10:31 AM UTC, a magnitude 3.4 earthquake struck Western Texas at a depth of 18.6 km.

Magnitude 3.2 Earthquake Struck 38 km North Northwest of Toyah, Texas: On 8 November 2023 at 10:30 AM UTC, a magnitude 3.2 earthquake struck Western Texas at a depth of 7.6 km.


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Hi, I’m Bridget. I’m based in Red Bank, New Jersey, Calabasas, California, & Manhattan, New York. I cover geology, seismology, botany, biology, & community news. USGS Verified ✅

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