6.4 E-Quake N. of Puerto Rico/Quake in AustraliaJanuary 12th, 2014 at 11:48 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
A magnitude 6.4 earthquake occurred at 11:01 pm Sunday, 35 miles north of Hatillo, Puerto Rico (60 mi. NW of San Juan). The depth of the quake was 17.7 miles. It showed up on the seismograph at Yellowstone eight minutes later. The quake was felt in Puerto Rico in Carolina, San Juan, Bayamón, Toa Alta, Toa Baja, Caguas, Vega Alta, Ponce, Mayaguez and Aguada. No tsunami. This comes four years to the day after the disastrous magnitude 7.0 Haiti earthquake. Here’s the shake map with about 1,000 responses as I write this…shaking was said to be light and felt throughout Puerto Rico – also in the Dominican Republic. Minor damage has been reported. There were reports of broken windows, cracked walls and floors, several power outages and one water main was broken. At least 75 aftershocks have been reported, including several greater than magnitude 3.5. The shaking reportedly lasted about 10 seconds. There was some minor swaying of buildings in San Juan. No reports of injuries have been received. A strong 7.3 magnitude earthquake occurred in that same area in 1918 and there were 116 fatalities were reported with that quake. Several e-quakes between magnitude 5.0 and 5.4 have been recorded in the past 15 years in that area.
A small earthquake as also occurred in/near Melbourne, Australia (Ferntree Gully area).