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4.0 earthquake registered near Malaga Monday morning by USGS

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) recorded an earthquake near Malaga Monday morning.

The earthquake occurred near the Eddy and Lea County line, nearly 23 miles east-southeast of Malaga, per a news release from the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (ENMRD) and the USGS website.

Susan Torres, ENMRD spokesperson, said the earthquake was reported around 5:30 a.m.

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The earthquake was detected by the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and the USGS National Earthquake Center, read the ENMRD release.

USGS considered the earthquake light, the release indicated.

The Carlsbad Brine Well remediation project, located south of Carlsbad where United States highways 285 and 62/180 converge to form the South Y, detected the activity. The readings indicated the Brine Well pressure was stable, according to the release.

The USGS recorded 66 earthquakes in West Texas and Southeast New Mexico since January 2018.

“No system alarms were triggered, and monitoring continues unabated,” read the release.

A USGS map shown the earthquake’s impact was felt in southeastern New Mexico and west Texas.

Eddy County Fire and Rescue Chief Joshua Mack said volunteer fire departments did not respond to any emergency calls in the impacted area.

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Carlsbad Fire Chief Richard Lopez said no damages or injuries were reported in the Carlsbad City limits.

Damage was not reported in Lea County, according to Lea County Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Deputy Vivian Martinez.

USGS reported six other earthquakes near the Texas-New Mexico state line nearly 60 miles south of Carlsbad since July 13. The magnitude of those earthquakes were less than 4.0.

Mike Smith can be reached at 575-628-5546 or by email at [email protected] or @ArgusMichae on Twitter.