Texas Explosion Registers As Earthquake

WEST, Texas — An explosion at a fertilizer plant late Wednesday night 19 miles north of Waco rocked the small community of West, Texas.

The explosion, which created a five block wide area of destruction, was so strong it actually registered as a 2.1 magnitude earthquake, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

Officials at the USGS said that because the magnitude only measures ground motion and not air waves, the 2.1 reading was likely “substantially” less than the true size of the event.



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