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Minor earthquake: M3.1 quake has struck near Punta Cana in Dominican Republic



Earthquake location 18.3612S, -68.2153WA minor earthquake magnitude 3.1 (ml/mb) strikes 31 kilometers (19 miles) from Punta Cana in Dominican Republic on Sunday. Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 04/09/16 / 2016-09-04 19:31:54 / September 4, 2016 @ 7:31 pm. The earthquake was roughly at a depth of 75 km (47 miles). The temblor was detected at 15:31:54 / 3:31 pm (local time epicenter). Id of earthquake: pr16248037. Event ids that are associated: pr16248037. Exact location of earthquake, -68.2153° West, 18.3612° North, depth 75 km.

Nearby country/countries that might be effected, Dominican Republic (c. 9 824 000 pop). Earthquake epicenter was 80 km (50 miles) from La Romana (c. 208 400 pop), 59 km (37 miles) from Salvaleón de Higüey (c. 123 800 pop), 32 km (20 miles) from Punta Cana (c. 100 000 pop), 57 km (35 miles) from Otra Banda (c. 6 100 pop), 49 km (30 miles) from San Rafael del Yuma (c. 5 300 pop). Nearest cities/city/villages to epicentrum/hypocenter was La Romana, Salvaleón de Higüey, Otra Banda (min 5000 pop).

In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days six, in the past 30 days twenty-one and in the last 365 days two hundred and fifty-seven earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected in the same area. Each year there are an estimated 130,000 minor earthquakes in the world. Earthquakes 2.5 to 3.2 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. The information in this article comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service. Read more about the earthquake, Seismometer information, Distances, Parameters, Date-Time, Location and details about this quake, detected near: 31 km SE of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 3.1 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -68.2153° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude 18.3612° North Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 75 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 31km SE 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 2016-09-04 19:31:54 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-09-04 22:12:19 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset -240 Timezone offset from UTC in minutes at the event epicenter.
Felt The total number of felt reports
CDI 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 148 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 17 The total number of Number of seismic stations which reported P- and S-arrival times for this earthquake.
Horizontal Distance 0.2173923 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.37 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 pr16248037 Id of event.
Event Code 16248037 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,pr16248037, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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