4.2 magnitude earthquake felt in Carlsbad Thursday morning

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A 4.2 magnitude earthquake in Texas Thursday was felt in southeastern New Mexico, including Carlsbad, according to the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department’s (ENMRD) Oil Conservation Division (OCD).

The Carlsbad Brine Well remediation project detected the activity. Cavern pressure remained stable of as Friday afternoon, said OCD Director Adrienne Sandoval in a news release.

“The Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department is monitoring the situation closely,” Sandoval said in a news release.

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In the news release, she said monitors at the Brine Well site detected the earthquake around 12 a.m. Thursday.

Carlsbad Fire Chief Richard Lopez said the earthquake was part of a series of earthquakes that jolted west Texas.

He said there was no reported damage in the Carlsbad area.

A map of 102 magnitude 3 or more earthquakes reported in the Permian Basin region since January 2021.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) noted eight earthquakes some 35 miles south of White’s City Thursday and Friday.

Magnitudes ranged from 1.2 to 4.2, per the USGS website.

Lopez said the 4.2 earthquake was felt from Whites City to Carlsbad.

USGS data indicated earthquakes were reported in other portions of West Texas including Midland, Mentone and Marathon.

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