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Mag. 3.3 earthquake - Culberson County, Texas, USA, on Friday, Jan 21, 2022, at 07:59 am (Chicago time)

A light magnitude 3.3 earthquake hit 55 Km S of Whites City, New Mexico, in the morning of Friday, Jan 21, 2022 at 7.59 am local time (America/Chicago GMT -5). The quake had a very shallow depth of 7.5 km (4.7 mi) and was not felt (or at least not reported so).

Mag. 3.3 earthquake - Culberson County, Texas, USA, on Friday, Jan 21, 2022, at 07:59 am (Chicago time) Mag. 3.3 earthquake - Culberson County, Texas, USA, on Friday, Jan 21, 2022, at 07:59 am (Chicago time)

Light magnitude 3.3 earthquake at 8 km depth

21 Jan 13:08 UTC: First to report: USGS after 9 minutes.
21 Jan 13:21: Magnitude recalculated from 3.3 to 3.4. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 6.1 to 7.2 km (from 3.8 to 4.5 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 4.6 km (2.9 mi) towards NNW.
21 Jan 22:50: Magnitude recalculated from 3.4 to 3.3. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 7.2 to 7.5 km (from 4.5 to 4.7 mi).

Earthquake details

Date & timeJan 21, 2022 12:59:34 UTC
Local time at epicenterFriday, Jan 21, 2022, at 07:59 am (America/Chicago GMT -5)
Depth7.5 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude31.6767°N / 104.3796°W Culberson, Texas, United States
Seismic antipode31.6767°S / 75.6204°E
Shaking intensityWeak shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeClear Sky -6.6°C (20 F), humidity: 54%, wind: 3 m/s (7 kts) from SW
Estimated seismic energy released5.6 x 109 joules (1.56 megawatt hours, equivalent to 1.34 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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Nearby places

The closest larger town near the epicenter is Austin, a city of 0.9 million people in the United States, in 652 km (405 mi) distance to the east, but it is unlikely that the quake was felt there.
Distance Place Max. shaking intensity(*) Region Country
652 km (405 mi)
E of epicenter
(pop: 931,800)
: Not felt
Travis, Texas
(*) Shaking intensity according to the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale (MMI) and estimated using seismic models.

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Compare Quake Data

Data for the same earthquake as reported by different agencies

The more agencies report about the same quake and post similar data, the more confidence you can have in the data. It takes normally up to a few hours until earthquake parameters are calculated with near-optimum precision.
Mag Depth Time GMT
Epicenter Agency
3.3 7.5 km
4.7 mi
12:59:34 55 Km S of Whites City, New Mexico USGS (United States Geological Survey)
3.4 7 km
4.3 mi
0.4 km (0.2 mi) epicenter difference with USGS
EMSC (European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre)
3.3 7.5 km
4.7 mi
12:59:34 Western Texas
0 km (0 mi) epicenter difference with USGS
RaspberryShake (RaspberryShake)


Seismic station: Culberson County (PB09/TX network) | Distance from quake: 13 km / 8 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Culberson County: vertical movement plot around time of quake (source: IRIS/BUD)
Seismogram (vertical component) around time of quake. Thin dotted red line indicates time of quake. Seismic waves arrive some time later, depending on distance. Bandpass filter applied: 0.5-10.0 Hz. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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Earthquake statistics

Average number of earthquakes

Based on data from the past 10 years and our earthquake archive back to 1900, there are about 7,800 quakes on average per year in the area near the epicenter of this quake (within 100 km/61 mi):
  • Mag. 5 or higher: 0.3 quakes per year (or 1 quake every 3.3 years)
  • Mag. 4 or higher: 4.1 quakes per year
  • Mag. 3 or higher: 57 quakes per year
  • Mag. 2 or higher: 562 quakes per year (or 47 quakes per month)
  • Mag. 1 or higher: 772 quakes per year (or 64 quakes per month)
The area where this quake occurred has a high level of seismic activity. It has had at least 3 quakes above magnitude 5 since 2014, which suggests that larger earthquakes of this size occur infrequently, probably on average approximately every 1 to 5 years.

Number of quakes per year

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