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Light mag. 4.4 earthquake - North Atlantic Ocean, 98 km northeast of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, on Thursday, Mar 16, 2023 at 11:26 pm (GMT -4) -

Light mag. 4.4 earthquake - North Atlantic Ocean, 98 km northeast of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, on Thursday, Mar 16, 2023 at 11:26 pm (GMT -4) Light mag. 4.4 earthquake - North Atlantic Ocean, 98 km northeast of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, on Thursday, Mar 16, 2023 at 11:26 pm (GMT -4)

Light magnitude 4.4 earthquake at 96 km depth

17 Mar 03:43 UTC: First to report: USGS after 17 minutes.
17 Mar 04:22: Magnitude recalculated from 4.5 to 4.4. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 39.6 to 96.0 km (from 25 to 60 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 26 km (16 mi) towards NW.

Earthquake details

Date & timeMar 17, 2023 03:26:18 UTC -
Local time at epicenterThursday, Mar 16, 2023 at 11:26 pm (GMT -4)
Depth96.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude19.2768°N / 67.8263°W (North Atlantic Ocean, Dominican Republic)
Antipode19.277°S / 112.174°E
Shaking intensityLight shaking
Felt2 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearby towns and cities98 km (61 mi) NE of Punta Cana (pop: 100,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
118 km (73 mi) NW of Aguadilla (Puerto Rico) (pop: 16,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
118 km (74 mi) NE of Higuey (pop: 123,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
140 km (87 mi) ENE of Santa Cruz de El Seibo (El Seibo) (pop: 23,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
140 km (87 mi) NNW of Mayaguez (Puerto Rico) (pop: 78,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
147 km (91 mi) NW of Arecibo (Puerto Rico) (pop: 49,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
153 km (95 mi) NE of La Romana (pop: 208,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
235 km (146 mi) ENE of Santo Domingo (pop: 2,201,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
180 km (112 mi) NW of Puerto Rico Island (pop: 3,474,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeOvercast Clouds 24.2°C (76 F), humidity: 74%, wind: 10 m/s (19 kts) from NE
Estimated seismic energy released2.5 x 1011 joules (69.8 megawatt hours, equivalent to 60 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

Info: The more agencies report about the same quake and post similar data, the more confidence you can have in the data. It takes normally up to a few hours until earthquake parameters are calculated with near-optimum precision.
4.496 kmDominican Republic: Mona PassageUSGS
4.496 kmDominican Republic: Mona PassageRaspberryShake
4.410 kmDominican Republic: Mona PassageIRIS
4.610 kmPuerto Rico: Mona PassageGFZ
4.25 kmDominican Republic: PUERTO RICO REGIONEMSC


Seismic station: Punta Cana, Rep. Dominicana (PCDR/PR network) | Distance from quake: 103 km / 64 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Punta Cana, Rep. Dominicana: 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. Bandpass filter applied: 0.2-10.0 Hz. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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User reports for this quake (2)

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Los Corales Dominican Republic / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 5-10 s : Lying in bed and could feel shaking | One user found this interesting.  
Miami fl (1463 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single vertical bump / 1-2 s

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