POSTED: Monday, May 2, 2011 - 5:45pm
UPDATED: Monday, May 2, 2011 - 8:07pm
EL PASO - Last Thursday, a pair of earthquakes were felt in parts of far West Texas. The epicenters of both the quakes was roughly 30 miles south of Sierra Blanca. No damage was reported, as both quakes registered around 4 on the Richter Scale, with the stronger quake at 4.3. Earthquakes of this strength generally produce some mild shaking that is strong enough for humans to detect, but usually cause little to no damage beyond rattling loose items.
Early Monday morning another pair of quakes occurred in nearly the same location. These quakes were similar in strength to last week's pair. Today's quakes registered at 4.3 and 4.4 on the Richter Scale.
According to Dr. Diane Doser, a geology professor at UTEP, these relatively minor quakes could continue off and on over the next few months. Future quakes are unlikely to be significantly stronger. In the past, quakes in Northern Chihuahua occur in clusters, with off and on quakes occuring over a period of six months or so.