Get our newsletter!
Check out our volcano tours on!
Volcanoes & Earthquakes - new app for Android
Départs garantis:
10-18 oct. 2020: Montagnes de Feu - du Stromboli à l'Etna - Eoliennes + Etna
7-16 déc. 2020: Magic Minutes: Chile Solar Eclipse 2020 - Chile
: Places libres / : Départ garanti / : Quelques places disponibles / : Groupe fermé
Interactive map of latest earthquakes and active volcanoes in the world

Light mag. 4.2 earthquake - Puerto Rico Region on Friday, 17 January 2020

This quake was likely an aftershock of the 6.3 quake: Puerto Rico Region, 7 Jan 2020 08h24, which had occurred 10 days earlier.
Light mag. 4.2 earthquake  - Puerto Rico Region on Friday, 17 January 2020
17 Jan 20:06 UTC: Premier à signaler: EMSC après 18 minutes.
Date & time: Friday, 17 January 2020 19:48 UTC
Magnitude: 4.2
Depth: 19.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 17.98°N / 66.75°W (Porto Rico)
Nearby towns and cities:
6 km SE de Guayanilla (pop: 5,200)
9 km SW de Peñuelas (pop: 6,800)
12 km SE de Yauco (pop: 20,300)
78 km SW de Bayamón (pop: 203,500)
87 km SW de San Juan (pop: 418,100)
95 km SW de Carolina (pop: 170,400)
Primary data source: EMSC
Estimated released energy: 1.3 x 1011 joules (35 megawatt hours, equivalent to 30.1 tons of TNT) [learn more]
If you felt this quake (or if you were near the epicenter), please share your experience and submit a short "I felt it" report! Other users would love to hear about it!
Also if you did NOT feel the quake although you were in the area, please report it! Your contribution is valuable also to earthquake science and earthquake hazard analysis and mitigation efforts. You can use your device location or the map to indicate where you were during the earthquake. Thank you!

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.
HeureMag. / DepthLocationSource
Fri, 17 Jan 19:48 UTCM 4.2 / 19 kmPuerto Rico RegionEMSC
Fri, 17 Jan 19:48 UTCM 3.7 / 10 km4km WSW of Tallaboa, Puerto RicoUSGS

User reports for this quake

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (modified Mercalli) scale.
Leave a comment if you find a particular report interesting or want to add to it.
Flag as inappropriate.
Mark as helpful or interesting.
Send your own experience report!
LM, Cayey, PR, US (66.8 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / not felt : NOT FELT. (reported through our app)
Cidra / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Barceloneta (430.7 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
87.4 km ENE of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) (reported through our app)
46 km NE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
Bayamón (76.4 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / not felt (reported through our app)
25.5 km WNW of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
75.9 km NE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
Hato Tejas (Puerto Rico, 79 km NE of epicenter) : NADA EN BAYAMON. (reported through EMSC)
Arecibo (United States of America, 66 km N of epicenter) : Si, se sintió bastante. (reported through EMSC)
Norwalk (United States of America, 5375 km W of epicenter) : Ponce (reported through EMSC)
Taylorville (United States of America, 3231 km NW of epicenter) : Sacudion rapido (reported through EMSC)
Media Luna (Puerto Rico, 73 km NE of epicenter) : Toa baja leve (reported through EMSC)
Candelaria (Puerto Rico, 73 km NE of epicenter) : Continúa leve como estar hamaca meciéndome suave de lado a lado. (reported through EMSC)
Ortíz (Puerto Rico, 69 km NE of epicenter) : Toa Alta Ortíz se sintió y los perros no parar de ladrar hoy no ha parado de templar (reported through EMSC)
Galateo (Puerto Rico, 67 km NE of epicenter) : Sentido movimiento leve desde el Bo. Galateo de Toa Alta, área montañosa. (reported through EMSC)
Bajura (Puerto Rico, 66 km NW of epicenter) : Lo sentí en isabela estaba sentada y se movió la sella y la mesa del comedor q susto (reported through EMSC)
Honduras (Puerto Rico, 61 km E of epicenter) : Vibración (reported through EMSC)
Piñales (Puerto Rico, 56 km NW of epicenter) : Se sintió en Añasco (reported through EMSC)
Hatillo (Puerto Rico, 55 km NW of epicenter) : Afuera en el parque en hatillos (reported through EMSC)
Factor (Puerto Rico, 55 km N of epicenter) : Fue un poco fuertecito. Pero rápido (reported through EMSC)
Salto (Puerto Rico, 54 km NW of epicenter) : Leve en el Pepino.. (reported through EMSC)
Algarrobos (Puerto Rico, 51 km NW of epicenter) : Fuertecito!!! (reported through EMSC)
Río Cañas Abajo (Puerto Rico, 49 km NW of epicenter) : Very short, vibrating windows (reported through EMSC)
Dominguito (Puerto Rico, 48 km NW of epicenter) : It trembled for a few seconds (reported through EMSC)
Campo Alegre (Puerto Rico, 48 km NW of epicenter) : Hatillo fuerte (reported through EMSC)
Río Grande (Puerto Rico, 32 km NE of epicenter) : Replica algo fuerte, Sector El Nudo, Coabey, Jayuya (reported through EMSC)
Coabey (Puerto Rico, 32 km NE of epicenter) : Fuerte en Jayuya hace como 5 minutos (reported through EMSC)
Coabey (Puerto Rico, 32 km NE of epicenter) : En Jayuya (reported through EMSC)
Villalba Arriba (Puerto Rico, 30 km NE of epicenter) : Fuerte un ruido como trueno yrapido tembló villalba (reported through EMSC)
Jacaguas (Puerto Rico, 25 km E of epicenter) : Juana Diaz sentido (reported through EMSC)
Machuelo Arriba (Puerto Rico, 18 km NE of epicenter) : Fuerte (reported through EMSC)
Yauco (Puerto Rico, 12 km NW of epicenter) : Se sintio leve. (reported through EMSC)
Canas (Puerto Rico, 10 km E of epicenter) : Se sintio en el auto estabamos 3n el estacionamiento de walmart ponce baramaya (reported through EMSC)
Guayanilla (Puerto Rico, 8 km NW of epicenter) : Very small movement in the area. (reported through EMSC)

Significant earthquakes in the same area since 1900

Light mag. 4.2 earthquake - Puerto Rico Region on Friday, 17 January 2020

Plus sur VolcanoDiscovery:

Why is there advertising on this site?

Support us!

Maintaining the website and our free apps is a time- and cost-intensive effort.
If you find the information useful and would like to support our team to develop further features and get the upgraded ad-free version, consider making a donation (PayPal or Online cc payment).
Planned features:
  • Weather reports
  • Tsunami alerts
  • Design upgrades
Thanks to your past donations, these features have been added recently:
  • Earthquake archive back to 1900
  • Additional data sources
Download and Upgrade the Volcanoes & Earthquakes app to get one of the fastest seismic and volcano alerts online:
Android | IOS
Thank you!
Copyright: VolcanoDiscovery ou autres sources indiquées.
Utilisation des documents: Les textes, les images et les vidéos de ce site internet sont protégées par copyright. Toute reproduction et tout usage sans accord préalable ne sont pas autorisés. Si vous désirez acquérir pour certains documents (photos, vidéos, textes ou autres) le droit de reproduction, d'édition et, plus généralement, de toute utilisation destinée à un usage public, qu'elle soit commerciale ou pas, vous êtes priés de nous contacter.