(El Paso Times) A minor earthquake was reported early Tuesday in Nixon, Texas, southeast of San Antonio — the fourth such earthquake in less than a month in the area. The 3.1 magnitude quake struck the South Texas town at 5:52 a.m. Central time (4:52 a.m. Mountain), according to the United States Geological Survey. The earthquake was reported in Nixon near Smiley, in Gonzales County, an estimated 68 miles south of


Austin and 45 miles southeast from San Antonio. The USGS reports that this is the fourth small earthquake in the surrounding area within a month. A 2.2 magnitude quake was recorded April 23, a 3.0 magnitude quake was recorded May 10, and another 3.1 magnitude earthquake occurred May 12, near Cuero, Texas. Quakes in that magnitude range are often felt but do not usually cause anything but minor damage. READ MORE

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