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Minor earthquake 2.98 mag, 29 km S of Esperanza, Puerto Rico

Earthquake location 17.8323S, -65.4348WA minor earthquake with magnitude 2.98 (ml/mb) was reported 29 kilometers (18 miles) from Esperanza in Puerto Rico on Tuesday. The 2.98-magnitude earthquake was detected at 06:35:37 / 6:35 am (local time epicenter). Event id: pr2019351056. Ids that are associated to the earthquake: pr2019351056. Global date and time of event UTC/GMT: 17/12/19 / 2019-12-17 10:35:37 / December 17, 2019 @ 10:35 am. Exact location of event, longitude -65.4348 West, latitude 17.8323 North, depth = 33 km. The epicenter was at a depth of 33 km (21 miles).

Nearest cities/city/towns to hypocenter/epicentrum was Caguas, San Isidro, Canovanas (min 5000 pop). Close country/countries, Puerto Rico (c. 3 917 000 pop), U.S. Virgin Islands (c. 109 000 pop) (That might be effected). Epicenter of the earthquake was 79 km (49 miles) from Caguas (c. 86 800 pop), 74 km (46 miles) from Saint Croix (c. 50 600 pop), 59 km (37 miles) from Fajardo (c. 34 100 pop), 74 km (46 miles) from Guayama (c. 21 600 pop), 54 km (34 miles) from Humacao (c. 20 400 pop).

Earthquakes 2.5 to 3.2 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. Each year there are an estimated 130,000 minor quakes in the world. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days three, in the past 30 days five and in the last 365 days sixty-three earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has occurred nearby.

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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 information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service. Read more about the earthquake, Seismometer information, Date-Time, Location, Distances, Parameters and details about this quake, recorded: 29 km S of Esperanza, Puerto Rico.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 2.98 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -65.4348° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude 17.8323° North Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 33 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 29km S of Esperanza, 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 2019-12-17 10:35:37 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2019-12-17 23:13:27 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 137 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 4 The total number of Number of seismic stations which reported P- and S-arrival times for this earthquake.
Horizontal Distance 1.4158 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.17 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 343 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 pr2019351056 Id of event.
Event Code 2019351056 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,pr2019351056, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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