CORAL GABLES (LALATE) – Red Sismica de Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico’s Seismic Network) is reporting a moderate earthquake (temblor) today. The Red Sismica de Puerto Rico reports that the earthquake (terremoto) was northeast of Punta Cana, northeast of Higuey, and northwest of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. The earthquake struck shortly after 9:42 am local time today and registered a 4.77 MI magnitude according to Red Sismica, a 3.0 magnitude according to USGS initial findings.
Today’s Puerto Rico earthquake was of nominal depth, registering only eight miles below the earth’s surface, in waters north of Puerto Rico. The temblor’s epicenter was roughly forty-three miles north of Tierras Nuevas Poniente and forty-four miles north of Sabana and Vega Baja. Local news reports the quake was roughly fifty miles north of San Juan.
This is the latest significant temblor to strike Puerto Rico in recent months. On December 24, 2010, a 5.4 earthquake struck the region centered 1.3 KM west of Aguas Buenas and 9 km south of Guaynabo. On February 16 this year, a 3.9 earthquake made news, striking southeast of Guanica, southeast of Laja, and southeast of Mayagüez. And last year, just weeks after San Juan hosted Los Premios Billboard 2010, it suffered another 5.8 earthquake two hundred miles outside of town.
Today’s quake was in the waters north west of San Juan and Vega Baja, northeast of Arecibo and Isabela.