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West Texas Was Just Rocked By the Biggest Earthquake It Has Ever Seen

  • A 5.3 magnitude quake hit New Mexico and West Texas Wednesday
  • Texas lawmaker says authorities haven’t reported any damages
A 5.3 earthquake in West Texas.

A 5.3 earthquake in West Texas.

Source: US Geological Survey
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West Texas was hit by its largest earthquake on record on Wednesday, rattling parts of the Permian Basin in a reminder of the seismic impact of fracking.

The 5.3-magnitude earthquake hit at 3:34 p.m. local time near Mentone, Texas, according to the US Geological Survey. The event topped a magnitude 5 quake that struck just north on March 26, 2020 and was considered the region’s largest.