No damage was reported in Carlsbad after a 4.3 magnitude earthquake shook parts of West Texas and southeast New Mexico Wednesday afternoon, officials said.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) indicated the earthquake’s epicenter was in Texas and was to the Mexican border with the state and in portions of Eddy and Lea counties.
“The Carlsbad Brine Well remediation project has extensive seismic monitoring systems that detected the activity; the Brine Well cavern pressure did not decline and remains stable,” said New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (ENMRD) Spokesperson Susan Torres.
She said ENMRD was monitoring the situation closely.
The Carlsbad Brine Well remediation site is located south of Carlsbad where U.S. Highways 285 and 62/18 converge.
Carlsbad Fire Chief Richard Lopez said his department did not receive damage reports from Carlsbad area residents.
A 4.2 magnitude earthquake was reported south of Whites City on Sept. 2 and a 2.7 magnitude was noted south of Jal in West Texas on Thursday, per USGS.
Thursday’s earthquake near Jal was felt in New Mexico, Texas and Mexico, read USGS data.
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