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Minor Earthquake Shakes Remote Area of West Texas

EL PASO, Texas (AP) – Authorities say there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage after a 3.6-magnitude earthquake struck a remote area of West Texas.

Brewster County Sheriff Ronny Dodson said about a dozen people called to report the temblor Tuesday afternoon.

Don Blakeman of the U.S. Geological Survey says the earthquake struck at 12:21 p.m. CST about 17 miles southeast of Alpine, Texas, not far from Big Bend National Park.

Blakeman says earthquakes are fairly common in the region. A quake of similar strength struck in the same area about a year ago. There was a 5.7-magnitude earthquake in the vicinity in 1995.

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