Saturday, December 26, 2020

Puerto Rico Hit WIth Over A Dozen Quakes Over Christmas, Including 4.8, 4.7

More than a dozen earthquakes reported in Puerto Rico on Christmas Eve including one measuring 4.8

From the early hours of the morning of Thursday, December 24, a series of earthquakes were registered in Puerto Rico from magnitude 2.1 to the most recent at 12 p.m. (Puerto Rico time) of a preliminary magnitude of 4.8 on the Richter scale followed about half an hour later with a 4.7.

The Puerto Rico Seismic Network (Red Sísmica) has recorded earth movements in the south since early this morning. None caused a tsunami alert, but island residents have shown concern about the earthquakes that began in December 2019 and have not stopped since then, although they did decrease in intensity.

The first tremor occurred at 1:02 a.m. with a magnitude of 3.3 in the Guánica area. The epicenter of this natural phenomenon was 10.09 kilometers southeast of Guánica with a depth of 12 kilometers.

The earthquake with the highest intensity was reported at noon with an intensity of 4.8 according to the Red Sísmica. The epicenter was located in the south of the Caribbean island, near the seismic zone where the earthquakes have been concentrated.

The movements on the island began almost a year ago on December 28 when a 4.7 magnitude earthquake was recorded in the same geographical area as the tremors that were reported today. On January 6, when the island was celebrating Three Kings Day, there was an earthquake of magnitude 5.7 in the southern area. The following day a 6.4 second earthquake caused the collapse of the island’s electrical system, heavy landslides and great destruction in multiple areas.

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