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Light mag. 4.5 earthquake - Caribbean Sea, Dominican Republic, on Wednesday, Oct 13, 2021 at 11:12 pm (GMT -4) -

Light mag. 4.5 earthquake - Caribbean Sea, Dominican Republic, on Wednesday, Oct 13, 2021 at 11:12 pm (GMT -4) Light mag. 4.5 earthquake - Caribbean Sea, Dominican Republic, on Wednesday, Oct 13, 2021 at 11:12 pm (GMT -4)

Light magnitude 4.5 earthquake at 143 km depth

14 Oct 03:22 UTC: First to report: EMSC after 9 minutes.
14 Oct 03:33: Magnitude recalculated from 4.5 to 4.6. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 10.0 to 150.0 km (from 6.2 to 93 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 9.5 km (5.9 mi) towards WNW.
14 Oct 04:41: Magnitude recalculated from 4.6 to 4.5. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 150.0 to 143.0 km (from 93 to 89 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 6.7 km (4.2 mi) towards ESE.

Earthquake details

Date & timeOct 14, 2021 03:12:56 UTC -
Local time at epicenterWednesday, Oct 13, 2021 at 11:12 pm (GMT -4)
Depth143.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude18.39°N / 68.22°W (Caribbean Sea, Dominican Republic)
Antipode18.39°S / 111.78°E
Shaking intensityWeak shaking
Felt7 reports
Primary data sourceEMSC (European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre)
Nearby towns and cities29 km (18 mi) SE of Punta Cana (pop: 100,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
48 km (30 mi) E of Yuma (pop: 5,290) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
55 km (34 mi) ESE of Otra Banda (Higüey) (pop: 6,070) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
83 km (52 mi) ESE of Guaymate (pop: 6,220) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
96 km (60 mi) ESE of Santa Cruz de El Seibo (El Seibo) (pop: 23,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
115 km (72 mi) E of San Pedro de Macoris (pop: 217,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
116 km (72 mi) W of Mayaguez (Puerto Rico) (pop: 78,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
117 km (73 mi) ESE of Hato Mayor del Rey (Hato Mayor) (pop: 36,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
127 km (79 mi) E of Quisqueya (pop: 17,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
177 km (110 mi) E of Santo Domingo (pop: 2,201,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeOvercast Clouds 28.3°C (83 F), humidity: 78%, wind: 2 m/s (3 kts) from SW
Estimated seismic energy released3.5 x 1011 joules (98.6 megawatt hours, equivalent to 84.8 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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4.5143 km28 Km SE of Punta Cana, Dominican RepublicUSGS


Seismic station: San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJG/IU network) | Distance from quake: 221 km / 137 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station San Juan, Puerto Rico: 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 (8)

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Utuado, PR / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / very short : My bed shook slightly but I immediately know it was an earthquake because I have a bottle of water always on my night table and the water inside began moving side to side, that's how I can confirm there was an earthquake. | 4 users found this interesting.  
Utuado, PR (198.8 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / very short : In my bedroom watching TV. I always know by a bottle of water I have on my night table | 3 users found this interesting.  
Los Llanos, San Pedro de Macorís (136.6 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / very short : Devil yo estaba acostado | One user found this interesting.  
Juncos P.R / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : I was sleeping i wake up because I feel the bed moving.  
Cabarete / not felt
Santo Domingo / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : I was sleeping and the earthquake woke me up. Really scary!  
Santo Domingo Este / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
Santo Domingo / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s

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