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Mentone, Texas earthquake today becomes strongest in 30 years

March 26, 2020: Magnitude 5.0 moderate earthquake has been recorded near Mentone, Texas today at 10:16 am local time.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake's epicenter was located around 40 km west of Mentone, Texas. The earthquake occurred at a shallow depth of 8.5km.

This is believed to be one of the strongest quakes in the last 30 years.

Weak tremor of MMI III has been felt by the people of Pecos, Mentone, Salt Flat, Loving and Van Horn, Carisbad. The tremor was felt as far as Artesia and El Paso.

At least five smaller earthquakes had been registered near Mentone, Texas, over the past four days.

According to the USGS, the March 26, 2020 M 5.0 Mentone, Texas earthquake occurred as the result of shallow normal faulting about 40 km west of the town of Mentone, Texas. The earthquake occurred within the interior of the North America plate, far from any plate boundaries. The preliminary focal mechanism solution for the earthquake indicates rupture occurred on a moderately dipping fault plane striking roughly east-west.