Moderate mag. 4.5 earthquake - 76 km north of Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic, on Wednesday, 16 September 2020 at 12:06 (GMT) -

Moderate mag. 4.5 earthquake - 76 km north of Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic, on Wednesday, 16 September 2020 at 12:06 (GMT)

Moderate magnitude 4.5 earthquake at 19 km depth

16 Sep 12:14 UTC: First to report: USGS after 8 minutes.
16 Sep 12:26: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 10.0 to 18.8 km (from 6.2 to 11.7 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 7.3 km (4.5 mi) towards WSW.
Date & time: 16 Sep 2020 12:06:28 UTC -
Magnitude: 4.5
Depth: 18.8 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 19.155°N / 69.9048°W (Villa Riva, Provincia Duarte, Dominican Republic)
Nearby towns and cities:
3 km (2 mi) SSE of Villa Riva (Duarte) (pop: 5,700) --> See nearby quakes!
14 km (9 mi) ESE of Cachanes (Castillo, Duarte) (pop: 6,330) --> See nearby quakes!
26 km (16 mi) SSW of Nagua (María Trinidad Sánchez) (pop: 33,900) --> See nearby quakes!
26 km (16 mi) NNW of Sabana Grande de Boya (Monte Plata) (pop: 16,800) --> See nearby quakes!
28 km (17 mi) ENE of Cotui (Sánchez Ramírez) (pop: 41,600) --> See nearby quakes!
40 km (25 mi) ESE of San Francisco de Macoris (Duarte) (pop: 124,800) --> See nearby quakes!
53 km (33 mi) NNW of Bayaguana (Monte Plata) (pop: 21,100) --> See nearby quakes!
60 km (38 mi) NNE of Villa Altagracia (San Cristóbal) (pop: 40,000) --> See nearby quakes!
76 km (47 mi) N of Santo Domingo (Nacional) (pop: 2,201,900) --> See nearby quakes!
89 km (56 mi) ESE of Santiago de los Caballeros (pop: 1,200,000) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 3.5 x 1011 joules (98.6 megawatt hours, equivalent to 84.8 tons of TNT) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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4.519 km2 Km ESE of Arenoso, Dominican RepublicUSGS
4.510 kmDominican RepublicEMSC
4.510 kmDominican Republic RegionGFZ

User reports for this quake (12)

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Puerto Plata (109.2 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
Bella Vista, Santo Domingo De Guzmán, Nacional (77.3 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Nagua (23.2 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 2-5 s
Santiago, Dominican Republic / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s
Cabrera ( Maria Trinidad Sanchez / Weak shaking (MMI III) : That was very scary , I've already experienced an earthquake in Haiti   
Moca, Dominican Republic / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : The shaking was very weak, therefore I could barely feel it.  
San Francisco de Macorís (Dominican Republic, 37 km W of epicenter) : Se sintió en San Francisco de Macorís. (reported through EMSC)  
Santiago de los Caballeros (Dominican Republic, 89 km W of epicenter) : senti el movimiento en el mueble (reported through EMSC)  
Santiago de los Caballeros (Dominican Republic, 89 km W of epicenter) : Fue leve pero se sintio estando tranquilo ala 8:06 am (reported through EMSC)  
Licey al Medio (Dominican Republic, 79 km W of epicenter) : Un movimiento fuerte de muy corta duración. (reported through EMSC)  
Cotuí (Dominican Republic, 37 km SW of epicenter) : Se sintió bastante fuerte. (reported through EMSC)  
Las Terrenas (Dominican Republic, 35 km E of epicenter) : Sentí el movimiento en el baño (reported through EMSC)  
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