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Two earthquakes of magnitude 4.8 and 4.7 shake the southwest area of ​​Puerto Rico




Two earthquakes of magnitude 4.8 and 4.7, with just three minutes of separation between them, shook the southwest area of ​​Puerto Rico at 2:42 and 2:45 a.m. Today, Sunday

Although the Puerto Rico Seismic Network only recorded the event of magnitude 4.8, the portal of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) caught a second magnitude 4.7 jolt at 2:45 pm and placed its epicenter at the western tip of the Municipality of Guánica.

A third tremor, part of the sequence, was recorded by USGS instruments at 2:54 am

The Seismic Network indicated in his page that there is no warning, warning or surveillance of tsunami as a result of the earthquake.

According to preliminary information provided by the Seismic Network, the epicenter of the first tremor was recorded about six kilometers from the south-southeast coast of Guánica, and about 13 kilometers southeast of Lajas. Meanwhile, the USGS information maintains that the second earthquake occurred at latitude 17,919 degrees north, longitude 66,906 degrees west, at a depth of 9.8 kilometers.

The quake of magnitude 4.8, according to the instruments of the Seismic Network, it occurred at about 11 kilometers depth and had an estimated maximum intensity Level V in Guánica.

For its part, the USGS movement map showed that the tremors were felt in the southern, northern and western municipalities, although people in Eastern towns such as Fajardo and Humacao also reported having felt the movement of the earth.

These tremors are the most recent of a series of telluric movements that began in December 2019 and have mainly affected the municipalities in the areas south and southwest. An earthquake of magnitude 4.63 was registered last Tuesday, June 23, although it was registered in the north of the island, near the Mona Canyon.

The sequence began on December 28, 2019 with an earthquake of magnitude 4.7 and another of magnitude 5.0 the next day. Meanwhile, on January 6 there was a tremor of magnitude 5.8, followed by an earthquake of magnitude 6.4 on the morning of January 7.

The tremors have caused damages estimated at $ 8.3 billion, according to the first estimate presented by the Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced to the federal government.



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