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Minor earthquake, 2.8 mag strikes near Punta Cana in Dominican Republic



Earthquake location 18.642S, -68.0609WA minor earthquake magnitude 2.8 (ml/mb) strikes 36 kilometers (22 miles) from Punta Cana in Dominican Republic on Saturday. The temblor was picked up at 10:43:08 / 10:43 am (local time epicenter). The earthquake occurred at a depth of 110 km (68 miles) below the earth’s surface. All ids that are associated to the event: pr15290008. Unique identifier: pr15290008. Exact location of earthquake, longitude -68.0609 West, latitude 18.642 North, depth = 110 km. Exact time and date of event in UTC/GMT: 17/10/15 / 2015-10-17 15:43:08 / October 17, 2015 @ 3:43 pm.

Nearest city/cities or towns, with min 5000 pop, to epicentrum/hypocenter was San Rafael del Yuma, Salvaleón de Higüey, Otra Banda. Close country/countries that might be effected, Dominican Republic (c. 9 824 000 pop). Event epicenter was 68 km (42 miles) from Salvaleón de Higüey (c. 123 800 pop), 37 km (23 miles) from Punta Cana (c. 100 000 pop), 63 km (39 miles) from Otra Banda (c. 6 100 pop), 69 km (43 miles) from San Rafael del Yuma (c. 5 300 pop).

There are an estimated 1,300,000 minor quakes in the world each year. In the past 24 hours, there have been two, in the last 10 days six, in the past 30 days thirty-six and in the last 365 days three hundred and fourty-six earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that was reported nearby. Earthquakes 2.5 to 2.9 are often felt, but only causes minor damage.

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How did you respond? Did any furniture slide, topple over, or become displaced? Leave a comment or report about activity, shaking and damage at your home, city and country. This data comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service. Read more about the earthquake, Seismometer information, Distances, Parameters, Date-Time, Location and details about this quake, that has occurred near: 36 km E of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 2.8 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -68.0609° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude 18.642° North Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 110 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 36km E of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Textual description of named geographic region near to the event. This may be a city name, or a Flinn-Engdahl Region name.
Time 2015-10-17 15:43:08 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2015-10-17 19:36:48 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset -300 Timezone offset from UTC in minutes at the event epicenter.
Felt 0 The total number of felt reports
CDI 1 The maximum reported intensity for the event.
MMI The maximum estimated instrumental intensity for the event.
Alert Level The alert level from the PAGER earthquake impact scale. Green, Yellow, Orange or Red.
Review Status REVIEWED Indicates whether the event has been reviewed by a human.
Tsunami 0 This flag is set to "1" for large events in oceanic regions and "0" otherwise. The existence or value of this flag does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist.
SIG 121 A number describing how significant the event is. Larger numbers indicate a more significant event.
Network pr The ID of a data contributor. Identifies the network considered to be the preferred source of information for this event.
Sources ,pr, A comma-separated list of network contributors.
Number of Stations Used 5 The total number of Number of seismic stations which reported P- and S-arrival times for this earthquake.
Horizontal Distance 0.60726113 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.28 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 338.4 The largest azimuthal gap between azimuthally adjacent stations (in degrees).
Magnitude Type Mb The method or algorithm used to calculate the preferred magnitude for the event.
Event Type earthquake Type of seismic event.
Event ID pr15290008 Id of event.
Event Code 15290008 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,pr15290008, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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