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Moderate magnitude 4.8 quake hits 98 km northeast of Carolina, Puerto Rico after midnight

Tue, 9 Mar 2021, 05:03
4.8 quake 9 Mar 12:43 am (GMT -4)
4.8 quake 9 Mar 12:43 am (GMT -4)
An earthquake of magnitude 4.8 occurred after midnight on Tuesday 9 March 2021 at 12:43 am local time near Carolina, Carolina Barrio-Pueblo, Puerto Rico, as reported by the United States Geological Survey.
According to preliminary data, the quake was located at a very shallow depth of 8.8 km. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused any significant damage, but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter.

Weak shaking might have been felt in Puebla (pop. 1,500) located 73 km from the epicenter, Charlotte Amalie (pop. 20,000) 77 km away, Fajardo (pop. 34,100) 82 km away, Loiza (pop. 4,300) 88 km away, and Road Town (pop. 8,400) 90 km away.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Carolina (pop. 170,400) located 98 km from the epicenter, Puerto Rico (pop. 418,100) 105 km away, Cataño (pop. 28,100) 107 km away, Las Piedras (pop. 6,700) 108 km away, Bayamon (pop. 203,500) 113 km away, and San Lorenzo (pop. 9,400) 113 km away.
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Earthquake data:
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Date & time: 9 Mar 2021 12:43 am (GMT -4) local time (9 Mar 2021 04:43 GMT)
Magnitude: 4.8
Depth: 8.8 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 18.96°N / 65.26°W (North Atlantic Ocean, Puerto Rico)
Primary data source: USGS

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