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Minor earthquake: M3.12 quake has struck near Punta Cana in Dominican Republic

Earthquake location 18.6085S, -68.263WA minor earthquake with magnitude 3.12 (ml/mb) was reported 15 kilometers (9 miles) from Punta Cana in Dominican Republic on Thursday. Id of earthquake: pr2017138017. Event ids that are associated: pr2017138017. The epicenter was at a depth of 51 km (32 miles). The temblor was detected at 16:53:36 / 4:53 pm (local time epicenter). Exact location of event, longitude -68.263 West, latitude 18.6085 North, depth = 51 km. Exact time and date of earthquake 18/05/17 / 2017-05-18 20:53:36 / May 18, 2017 @ 8:53 pm UTC/GMT.

Nearby country/countries, Dominican Republic (c. 9 824 000 pop) (That might be effected). Closest city/cities/towns to epicentrum/hypocenter was La Romana, Guaymate, San Rafael del Yuma (min 5000 pop). Epicenter of the earthquake was 78 km (48 miles) from La Romana (c. 208 400 pop), 47 km (29 miles) from Salvaleón de Higüey (c. 123 800 pop), 15 km (9 miles) from Punta Cana (c. 100 000 pop), 75 km (47 miles) from Guaymate (c. 6 200 pop), 42 km (26 miles) from Otra Banda (c. 6 100 pop).

Each year there are an estimated 130,000 minor earthquakes in the world. In the past 24 hours, there have been six, in the last 10 days twelve, in the past 30 days twenty-two and in the last 365 days two hundred and fourty-seven earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected nearby. Earthquakes 2.5 to 3.2 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: 15 km ENE of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 3.12 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -68.263° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude 18.6085° North Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 51 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 15km ENE 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 2017-05-18 20:53:36 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2017-05-21 17:14:04 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 150 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 7 The total number of Number of seismic stations which reported P- and S-arrival times for this earthquake.
Horizontal Distance 0.1515 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.48 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 229 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 pr2017138017 Id of event.
Event Code 2017138017 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,pr2017138017, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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