Local May 15, 2024 | 8:06 am

Magnitude 5.2 earthquake strikes La Mona channel, Puerto Rico

Last night at 8:30 pm, an earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale occurred in the La Mona channel, Puerto Rico, as confirmed by the Institute of Seismology of the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo. The tremor was felt across several regions of the country.

The earthquake’s coordinates were recorded at a latitude of 19.34 and a longitude of -67.44, with a depth of 10 kilometers. Its epicenter was situated in the Milwaukee Trench, northwest of Punta Cana and northwest of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.

As of last night, no casualties or property damage were reported. However, individuals from various locations took to social media to share their experiences, with reports coming in from Santo Domingo Este, La Altagracia province, among others. Some described the tremor lasting for minutes.

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Paul Tierney
May 15, 2024 1:23 pm

There are many daily quakes in this region. A 5.2 quake is a bit stronger than the average of about 3.5. for the 20-40 quakes average in the Mona passage and areas around it. Maybe better to have lots of small quakes releasing seismic pressures than waiting for the big one to strike because of bottled-up pressures.

Paul Tierney
May 16, 2024 4:14 pm
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Note: the 20-40 quakes is a weekly average for the area at the US Geological Survey website for quakes above 2.5 on the scale.