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Minor earthquake, 2.8 mag strikes near Candelaria in Puerto Rico



Earthquake location 18.3852S, -66.1865WA minor earthquake with magnitude 2.8 (ml/mb) was reported 3 kilometers (2 miles) from Candelaria in Puerto Rico on Sunday. Exact location of event, longitude -66.1865 West, latitude 18.3852 North, depth = 66 km. Event id: pr16017004. Ids that are associated to the earthquake: pr16017004. The temblor was detected at 00:23:57 / 12:23 am (local time epicenter). The earthquake occurred at a depth of 66 km (41 miles). Global time and date of event 17/01/16 / 2016-01-17 04:23:57 / January 17, 2016 @ 4:23 am UTC/GMT.

Nearby country/countries that might be effected, Puerto Rico (c. 3 917 000 pop). Epicenter of the event was 12 km (8 miles) from San Juan (c. 418 100 pop), 4 km (2 miles) from Bayamón (c. 203 500 pop), 24 km (15 miles) from Carolina (c. 170 400 pop), 61 km (38 miles) from Ponce (c. 152 600 pop), 22 km (14 miles) from Caguas (c. 86 800 pop). Closest city/cities or villages, with min 5000 pop, to hypocenter/epicentrum was Guayanilla, Lares, Camuy.

Each year there are an estimated 1,300,000 minor quakes in the world. Earthquakes 2.5 to 2.9 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days eight, in the past 30 days seventeen and in the last 365 days two hundred and five earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected nearby.

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Were you asleep? Was it difficult to stand and/or walk? Leave a comment or report about shaking, activity and damage at your city, home 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: 3 km SE of Candelaria, Puerto Rico.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 2.8 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -66.1865° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude 18.3852° North Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 66 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 3km SE of Candelaria, Puerto Rico Textual description of named geographic region near to the event. This may be a city name, or a Flinn-Engdahl Region name.
Time 2016-01-17 04:23:57 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-01-17 08:44:22 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset -240 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 8 The total number of Number of seismic stations which reported P- and S-arrival times for this earthquake.
Horizontal Distance 0.12396751 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.21 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 180 The largest azimuthal gap between azimuthally adjacent stations (in degrees).
Magnitude Type Md The method or algorithm used to calculate the preferred magnitude for the event.
Event Type earthquake Type of seismic event.
Event ID pr16017004 Id of event.
Event Code 16017004 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,pr16017004, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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