Multiple earthquakes shake up region near Lea County

“We received a notification over the weekend of an earthquake near Lovington detected by the instruments at the South Y Brine Well cavity, which the State of New Mexico is in the process of filling with sand.

According to Wood, the company contracted to remediate the well, there were actually 11 small earthquakes detected over the weekend in a region about 50 miles east of Carlsbad. There was no surface movement detected at the brine well and there does not appear to be any cracking of the ground. The ongoing successful remediation of the brine well cavity has been one of the high points of an often difficult year, and we’re glad to learn that there does not appear to be any disruption with that progress.”

Information from Mayor Dale Janway

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