Tuesday, September 24, 2019

6.0R in Puerto Rico Region

A 6.0R earthquake has been reported in Puerto Rico Region as shown in the epicenter map above.The earthquake struck near Puerto Rico late Monday, scaring and rousing many from their sleep in the U.S. territory. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit 49 miles off the island's northwest coast at a shallow depth of 6 miles.
Three aftershocks, with magnitudes of 4.7, 4.6 and another of 4.6, hit within less than an hour in the same region at the same depth.
Kiara Hernández, spokeswoman for the island's Emergency Management Agency, told The Associated Press that there were no immediate reports of damage and that there was no risk of tsunami.
The quake was felt across Puerto Rico and was the strongest to hit the island in recent years. While Puerto Rico experiences very small earthquakes on a daily basis that no one feels, seismologists have said it’s rare for bigger ones to strike the island.
Yahaida Zabala, a 46-year-old San Juan resident, was asleep when she felt her building sway Monday around 11:23 p.m“I rushed into my son’s room,” she said. “He was sitting like he was paralyzed.”
They ran down the stairs of their building and stood outside with a small group of people awaiting aftershocks.
The last strong quake to shake the island in recent years occurred in January 2014, when a magnitude-6.4 tremor struck after midnight just north of the island’s north coast at a depth of 17 miles (28 kilometers). Authorities reported broken windows, a busted water line and cracked floors and walls, along with some power outages. Some 70 aftershocks were reported afterward, with at least three of a magnitude 3.5 or greater.
The most damaging earthquake to hit Puerto Rico in recent history occurred in October 1918, when a magnitude-7.3 quake struck near the island’s northwest coast, causing a tsunami and killing 116 people.

MagnitudeMw 6.0
Date time2019-09-24 03:23:34.9 UTC
Location18.95 N ; 67.40 W
Depth10 km
Distances147 km W of San Juan, Puerto Rico / pop: 419,000 / local time: 23:23:34.9 2019-09-23
67 km N of Aguada, Puerto Rico / pop: 4,100 / local time: 23:23:34.9 2019-09-23
60 km NW of San Antonio, Puerto Rico / pop: 2,300 / local time: 23:23:34.9 2019-09-23

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