MENTONE, Texas — USGS is reporting a magnitude 5.0 earthquake hitting near Mentone just after 10 a.m. Thursday.
The earthquake was reported initially as a 4.7 but was upgraded to 5.0 later, making it only the third earthquake to hit 5.0 in Texas history.
Viewers reported feeling the earthquake even as far as Midland and McCamey.
This is one of the largest tremors felt in West Texas recently.
"It was a big earthquake by West Texas standards. It shook for a good 30-45 seconds," said Loving County Sheriff Chris Busse.
The quake reached a depth of 5 km according to USGS.
A magnitude 3.8 earthquake struck near the area just before 4 a.m. Another smaller earthquake was felt an hour after the big quake, but only reached a magnitude of 3.0.
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