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Light earthquake: M4.4 quake has struck near Sosua in Dominican Republic

Earthquake location 20.0886S, -70.4312WA light earthquake with magnitude 4.4 (ml/mb) was reported 36 kilometers (22 miles) from Sosua in Dominican Republic on Wednesday. Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 16/03/17 / 2017-03-16 00:54:58 / March 16, 2017 @ 12:54 am. Exact location, longitude -70.4312° West, latitude 20.0886° North, depth = 16.99 km. The temblor was picked up at 19:54:58 / 7:54 pm (local time epicenter). Event id: us20008sed. Ids that are associated to the earthquake: us20008sed, at00omvujj. A tsunami warning has been issued near Sosua in Dominican Republic (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The earthquake occurred at a depth of 16.99 km (11 miles).

Nearby country/countries, Dominican Republic (c. 9 824 000 pop) (That might be effected). Nearest city/cities or towns, with min 5000 pop, to epicentrum/hypocenter was Sabana Iglesia, Mao, San Francisco de Macorís. The epicenter was 76 km (47 miles) from Santiago de los Caballeros (c. 1 200 000 pop), 42 km (26 miles) from Puerto Plata (c. 146 000 pop), 90 km (56 miles) from San Francisco de Macorís (c. 124 800 pop), 78 km (48 miles) from Moca (c. 61 800 pop), 90 km (56 miles) from Mao (c. 48 300 pop), 79 km (49 miles) from Salcedo (c. 45 300 pop).

In the past 24 hours, there have been two, in the last 10 days two, in the past 30 days two and in the last 365 days five earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has occurred nearby. There are an estimated 13,000 light quakes in the world each year. Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage.

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What was your situation during the earthquake? Leave a comment or report about damage, shaking and activity at your home, city and country. Read more about the earthquake, Location, Distances, Seismometer information, Date-Time, Parameters and details about this quake, reported near: 36 km NNE of Sosua, Dominican Republic. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service.

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Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 4.4 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -70.4312° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude 20.0886° North Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 16.99 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 36km NNE of Sosua, 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 2017-03-16 00:54:58 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2017-03-16 01:30:54 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset -300 Timezone offset from UTC in minutes at the event epicenter.
Felt 2 The total number of felt reports
CDI 2 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 1 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 298 A number describing how significant the event is. Larger numbers indicate a more significant event.
Network us The ID of a data contributor. Identifies the network considered to be the preferred source of information for this event.
Sources ,us,at, A comma-separated list of network contributors.
Number of Stations Used The total number of Number of seismic stations which reported P- and S-arrival times for this earthquake.
Horizontal Distance 0.714 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.87 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 62 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 us20008sed Id of event.
Event Code 20008sed An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us20008sed,at00omvujj, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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