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2 earthquakes rattle West Texas; largest is magnitude 5.0


(AP) Two earthquakes centrerd near the same remote area of West Texas rattled the region on Thursday morning.

The first tremor registered at a magnitude 3.0 early Thursday. The second was a magnitude 5.0 about six hours later, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

It felt like a truck going by, then you could hear a crack in the walls, said Verta Sparks, a deputy clerk at the Loving County Sheriff’s Department.

The county is sparsely populated but full of truck traffic serving the oil drilling industry in the surrounding Permian Basin.

Geologists say thousands of ...


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