BIG COUNTRY, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – At 5:35 p.m. this evening, an earthquake occurred northwest of Midland.

UPDATE – According to United States Geological Survey, this earthquake has now been named the fourth strongest earthquake in Texas History

It occurred 20.4 km (12.6 miles) northwest of Midland, 50.8 km (31.5 miles) northeast of West Odessa and 42.3 km (26.6 miles) southeast of Andrews.

This earthquake had a magnitude of 5.3, which would feel the equivalent of a 3.0 magnitude earthquake in Abilene.

The first aftershock happened at 5:38 p.m., just three minutes later. According to USGS, there is a 66% chance the Big Country may feel aftershocks at a 3.0 magnitude or higher throughout the next week.

People in the Permian Basin said they felt the earthquake for around 30 seconds and tremors have reached out to Dallas, San Antonio, Amarillo and El Paso.

Courtesy of USGS

According to the U.S. Geological Survey website (USGS), reports of this earthquake range to the southern part of New Mexico, north of San Angelo and as far north as Lubbock.

Many citizens have reported to KTAB/KRBC of feeling the earthquake from Abilene, Sweetwater, Merkel and more. Many said they saw household objects shaking such as wall decor and TV’s.

BigCountryHomepage will update as more information is released.