Saturday, March 20, 2010

CUBA:5.6 Magnitude Quake Strikes Near Guantanamo

A magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck near Guantanamo, Cuba this afternoon shortly after 2:00 p.m EST.
No tsunami warning has been issued for the region and there are no reports of damage or injuries at this time
Guantanamo, Cuba Earthquake: 5.6 Magnitude Quake Strikes Near Gitmo

Chief Petty Officer Bill Mesta, spokesman for the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo ( Gitmo ) said that there was no damage at the facility that currently houses 188 detainees.
The base was recently used to transport aid of all kinds to earthquake-stricken Haiti, which is roughly 200 miles away.

The USGS said the quake was centered 27 miles southwest of Guantanamo and was 14 miles deep.

Residents of Santiago de Cuba, 36 miles from the epicenter, felt the temblor and were quite distressed. Mabel Martinez, who operates a bed and breakfast said “It was very strong, we ran and stood in the doorway. Neighbors were screaming and ran into the street. … I haven’t heard of any damages. Everybody is back inside. But people are definitely alarmed.”

We are hoping there won’t be any damage or injuries to report, but will update this post as necessary.

The following stats are from USGS:
Location 19.835°N, 75.290°W
Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
Distances 35 km (20 miles) SSW of Guantanamo, Cuba
60 km (35 miles) ESE of Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
825 km (510 miles) ESE of HAVANA, Cuba
825 km (510 miles) SE of Miami, Florida
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 6.3 km (3.9 miles); depth fixed by location program
Parameters NST=133, Nph=134, Dmin=21.2 km, Rmss=0.67 sec, Gp= 40°,
M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=6


Event ID us2010ubbp

* This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.

Source: RightPundits

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