The U.S. Geological Survey this week recorded an earthquake near Marfa.

The 2.8 magnitude earthquake took place at about 2:54 a.m. Monday, about 29 miles west-northwest of Marfa, according to the USGS.

There have been seven earthquakes reported near Marfa in the past year, according to A quake with a magnitude of 2.5 to 5.4 is “often felt, but only causes minor damage,” according to Upseis, an educational site for seismologists. There are about 30,000 quakes each year, according to the site


These indicate deep magma movement along faults in this area.  It's causing rising pressure on the fresh water aquifers and increased flow along Limpia Creek in the Davis mountains.  

ol' Lawrence in Verhalen