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Strong mag. 5.2 earthquake - 6.4 km north of Villa Elisa, Dominican Republic, on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 05:45 GMT

Strong mag. 5.2 earthquake - 6.4 km north of Villa Elisa, Dominican Republic, on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 05:45 GMT Strong mag. 5.2 earthquake - 6.4 km north of Villa Elisa, Dominican Republic, on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 05:45 GMT

Strong magnitude 5.2 earthquake at 10 km depth

23 Sep 05:52 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 7 minutes.

Earthquake details

Date & timeSep 23, 2018 05:45:51 UTC
Local time at epicenter
Depth10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude19.74°N / 71.29°W (Guayubin, Provincia de Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic)
Antipode19.74°S / 108.71°E
Shaking intensityModerate shaking
Felt100 reports
Primary data sourceGFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Nearby towns and cities6 km (4 mi) NNW of Villa Elisa (Monte Cristi) (pop: 1,140) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
30 km (18 mi) N of Sabaneta (Santiago Rodríguez) (pop: 16,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
31 km (19 mi) NW of Valverde (pop: 48,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
36 km (23 mi) WNW of Esperanza (Valverde) (pop: 42,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
39 km (24 mi) ESE of San Fernando de Monte Cristi (Monte Cristi) (pop: 17,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
48 km (30 mi) WNW of Villa Bisono (Bisono, Santiago) (pop: 33,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
70 km (43 mi) WNW of Santiago de los Caballeros (pop: 1,200,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
173 km (107 mi) NE of Port au Prince (Ouest, Haiti) (pop: 1,234,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
192 km (119 mi) S of Kobern Taun (Turks & Caicos Islands) (pop: 3,720) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
204 km (127 mi) NW of Santo Domingo (Nacional) (pop: 2,201,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Estimated seismic energy released4 x 1012 joules (1.11 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 951 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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5.210 kmDominican Republic RegionGFZ
5.214 km- 3km NW of Villa Elisa, Dominican RepublicUSGS


Seismic station: Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands (GRTK/CU network) | Distance from quake: 198 km / 123 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands: vertical movement plot around time of quake (source: IRIS/BUD)
Seismogram (vertical component) around time of quake. Thin dotted red line indicates time of quake. Seismic waves arrive some time later, depending on distance. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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User reports for this quake (125)

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Jacagua, Santiago / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : I thought my spouse was shaking the bed. I told them to stop moving. They were not even in the bed.  
Lifestyle resorts a few miles east of Puerta Plata / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : I was sleeping and awoke to my bed shaking . Yelled for my wife who was in the next room and told her to shake the bed as hard as she could .I said no I was not dreaming the earthquake was much stronger than her shaking the bed  
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 5fth floor Apar / Light shaking (MMI IV)
San francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Punta Cana / Light shaking (MMI IV) : My New wife was literally holding onto the bed gripping the bed covers ...  
Navarrete (47.7 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Very strong shaking (MMI VII) (reported through our app)
Mirador Sur, Distrito nacional (200.7 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Puerto Plata / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Bella Vista, Santo Domingo De Guzmán, Nacional (201.1 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Santiago de los Caballeros, Santiago (72 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Building felt moving back and forth. It woke me frpm sleep.  
Sosua / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Puerto Plata / not felt : Slept right through.  
San Francisco de Macoris / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Hardest I've felt. I was asleep and the rumbling and shaking of the closet door awoke me. I literally held on to the bed.  
Santo Domingo Oeste (195.3 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Jamao al Norte, Espaillat (95.5 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
San José de las Matas / Very strong shaking (MMI VII) : Scared  
Puerto plata don Armando / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Puerto plata  
Guayubin / Strong shaking (MMI VI)
Espaillat / Very strong shaking (MMI VII)
San Cristóbal / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Santiago, Dominican Republic / Very strong shaking (MMI VII)
Santiago / Strong shaking (MMI VI)
Sosua, Cabarete, Sosúa, Puerto Plata (86.1 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Montellano, Dominican tepublic (72.4 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Sosua, Puerto Plata / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Woke up from it though it just a cat but after my mom entered the room and asked me “are you ok?” After that I got it that it was an Earthquake.  
Punta Cana, Higüey, La Altagracia (330.8 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III)
SantoDomingo / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Felt bed shaking  
Santiago republica dominicana / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Fue un sismo un tanto largo y se sintio fuerte  
Nagua / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Santiago / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Altamira, Puerto Plata (48.1 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : The shaking woke us up. We are deep sleepers. Windows were rattling. Lasted about 4 seconds. Intensity was up, down and up again. Didn’t feel any aftershocks  
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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (2 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Sep 27, 2018 16:35
4 years ago

10 km
9.6 km SE of Villa Vasquez, Provincia de Monte Cristi, Dominican RepublicMore
Sep 23, 2018 07:23
4 years ago - felt

10 km
6 km NW of Villa Elisa, Guayubin, Provincia de Monte Cristi, Dominican RepublicMore

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