4th Strongest ever: 5.4 magnitude earthquake shakes West Texas

4th Strongest ever: 5.4 magnitude earthquake shakes West Texas

Published on December 19, 2022 12:17 PM by Laura Mendes

On Wednesday evening, a 5.4 magnitude earthquake hit the oil region in west Texas, causing widespread damage and raising concerns about the stability of the region's oil and gas infrastructure.

4th strongest earthquake in Texas state history!

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The earthquake, the strongest to hit Texas in more than a decade, struck at around 8:00 p.m. local time, with the epicenter located near the town of Snyder, about 200 miles west of Fort Worth. The quake was felt as far away as Oklahoma City, causing buildings to sway and windows to shatter.

Initial reports indicate that the earthquake caused significant damage to buildings and infrastructure in the affected area, with several homes and businesses sustaining significant structural damage. There have been no reports of fatalities, but several people have been injured and taken to local hospitals for treatment.

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The earthquake has also raised concerns about the stability of the region's oil and gas infrastructure. The quake occurred in an area home to numerous oil and gas wells, pipelines, and other energy infrastructure, and there are fears that the quake could have caused damage to these assets. 

Officials are currently working to assess the full extent of the damage and determine the best course of action to ensure the safety of the region's energy infrastructure.

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It takes time to be normal again

The earthquake in west Texas is a reminder of the risks associated with energy production and the importance of ensuring that infrastructure is built to withstand the forces of nature.

 It is not yet clear what the long-term impact of the quake will be, but the affected communities will certainly face significant challenges as they work to rebuild and recover.

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