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In the North Atlantic Ocean 165 kilometer from San Juan, Puerto Rico, a shallow and significant M5.6 earthquake occurred in the evening of Tuesday May 14th, 2024. Other nearby countries are Dominican Republic and U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Earthquake Summary

This earthquake hit under water in the North Atlantic Ocean, 90 kilometers (56 mi) off the coast of Puerto Rico, 165 kilometer west-northwest of San Juan. The center of this earthquake had a very shallow depth of 7 km. Shallow earthquakes usually have a larger impact than earthquakes deep in the earth.

Date and Time: May 14, 2024 08:30PM (Puerto Rico Time)
- May 15, 2024 00:30 Universal Time.
Location: 165 km WNW of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Coordinates 19°16'11"N 67°25'25"W.
Map: Map of area around epicenter.
Map of area around epicenter. Click to open in Google Maps.
Magnitude: MAG 5.6
Detected by 23 stations. Maximum Error Range ±0.103 .
Depth: 7 km (4 mi)
A very shallow depth.
Tsunami Risk: Low tsunami risk
Earthquakes under MAG-6.5 do not usually cause tsunami's.
Always stay cautious - More info here.

Nearby towns and cities

Puerto Rico , Dominican Republic and U.S. Virgin Islands are all located within 300km distance of the epicenter of the earthquake.

Located 98 kilometer (61 mi) north-northwest of the epicenter of this earthquake, Aguadilla (Aguadilla, Puerto Rico) is the nearest significant population center.

Multiple large cities are in proximity of today's earthquake. Santo Domingo is located 274 km to the west-southwest. Santo Domingo Este is located 270 km to the west-southwest. San Juan is located 165 km to the east-southeast.

An overview of nearby towns and cities is available in the overview below.

Overview of nearby places

Distance Place
98 km (61 mi)
SSE from epicenter
Aguadilla

Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.
116 km (72 mi)
SE from epicenter
Arecibo

Arecibo, Puerto Rico.
123 km (76 mi)
SSE from epicenter
Mayagüez

Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.
128 km (80 mi)
SW from epicenter
Punta Cana

La Altagracia, Dominican Republic.
130 km (81 mi)
SE from epicenter
Barceloneta

Barceloneta, Puerto Rico.
136 km (85 mi)
SE from epicenter
Manatí

Manatí, Puerto Rico.
142 km (88 mi)
SE from epicenter
Vega Baja

Vega Baja, Puerto Rico.
150 km (93 mi)
SSE from epicenter
Yauco

Yauco, Puerto Rico.
153 km (95 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Salvaleón de Higüey

La Altagracia, Dominican Republic.
159 km (99 mi)
SE from epicenter
Levittown

Toa Baja, Puerto Rico.
160 km (99 mi)
SE from epicenter
Candelaria

Toa Baja, Puerto Rico.
163 km (101 mi)
SSE from epicenter
Ponce

Ponce, Puerto Rico.
165 km (103 mi)
SE from epicenter
Bayamón

Bayamón, Puerto Rico.
165 km (103 mi)
ESE from epicenter
Cataño

Cataño, Puerto Rico.
165 km (103 mi)
ESE from epicenter
San Juan

San Juan, Puerto Rico.
171 km (106 mi)
SE from epicenter
Guaynabo

Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.
179 km (111 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Santa Cruz de El Seibo

El Seíbo, Dominican Republic.
180 km (112 mi)
SE from epicenter
Trujillo Alto

Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico.
183 km (114 mi)
ESE from epicenter
Carolina

Carolina, Puerto Rico.
185 km (115 mi)
SE from epicenter
Caguas

Caguas, Puerto Rico.
185 km (115 mi)
SE from epicenter
Cayey

Cayey, Puerto Rico.
188 km (117 mi)
WSW from epicenter
La Romana

La Romana, Dominican Republic.
199 km (124 mi)
SE from epicenter
Guayama

Guayama, Puerto Rico.
201 km (125 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Hato Mayor del Rey

Hato Mayor, Dominican Republic.
209 km (130 mi)
SE from epicenter
Humacao

Humacao, Puerto Rico.
214 km (133 mi)
ESE from epicenter
Fajardo

Fajardo, Puerto Rico.
218 km (135 mi)
WSW from epicenter
San Pedro de Macorís

San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic.
223 km (139 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Quisqueya

San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic.
240 km (149 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Bayaguana

Monte Plata, Dominican Republic.
246 km (153 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Boca Chica

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
252 km (157 mi)
W from epicenter
Sabana Grande de Boyá

Monte Plata, Dominican Republic.
253 km (157 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Monte Plata

Monte Plata, Dominican Republic.
255 km (158 mi)
W from epicenter
Nagua

María Trinidad Sánchez, Dominican Republic.
270 km (168 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Santo Domingo Este

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
274 km (170 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Villa Francisca

Nacional, Dominican Republic.
274 km (170 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Santo Domingo

Nacional, Dominican Republic.
275 km (171 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Ciudad Nueva

Nacional, Dominican Republic.
275 km (171 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Villa Consuelo

Nacional, Dominican Republic.
280 km (174 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Bella Vista

Nacional, Dominican Republic.
282 km (175 mi)
ESE from epicenter
Charlotte Amalie

Saint Thomas Island, U.S. Virgin Islands.
284 km (176 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Santo Domingo Oeste

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
287 km (178 mi)
W from epicenter
Cotuí

Sánchez Ramírez, Dominican Republic.
291 km (181 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Bajos de Haina

San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic.
296 km (184 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Villa Altagracia

San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic.
297 km (185 mi)
WSW from epicenter
San Cristóbal

San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic.
297 km (185 mi)
W from epicenter
San Francisco de Macorís

Duarte, Dominican Republic.
Cities and Towns around the epicenter of this earthquake.

Shaking reported by 20 people

People that feel an earthquake may report their experience to the US Geographic Survey. Currently, 20 people have reported shaking in 7 places, all within Dominican Republic.We keep updating this article as more ground reports become available. You may report that you felt this earthquake here.

Places with most reports:

  • Otra Banda, La Altagracia, Dominican Republic: 11 people.
  • Santo Domingo, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: 3 people.
  • Boca de Yuma, La Altagracia, Dominican Republic: 2 people.
  • Moca, Espaillat, Dominican Republic: 1 person.
  • Higüey, La Altagracia, Dominican Republic: 1 person.
  • Las Terrenas, Samaná, Dominican Republic: 1 person.
  • El Carril, San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic: 1 person.

8 Aftershocks detected

After this earthquake struck, 8 smaller aftershocks occurred. Just 23 hrs after this main shock, an earthquake measuring MAG-3.9 was detected 1.9 km (1.2 mi) north-northeast of this earthquake.

Overview of foreshocks and aftershocks

Classification Magnitude When Where
Main Shock
This Earthquake
M 5.6 May 14, 2024 08:30PM
(Puerto Rico Time)
-
Aftershock M 3.4 12 mins later
May 14, 2024 08:42PM (Puerto Rico Time)
8 km (5 mi)
NW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.2 3 hrs later
May 14, 2024 11:53PM (Puerto Rico Time)
4 km (2.6 mi)
SW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.3 6 hrs later
May 15, 2024 02:30AM (Puerto Rico Time)
9 km (6 mi)
NW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.4 19 hrs later
May 15, 2024 03:03PM (Puerto Rico Time)
89 km (55 mi)
E from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.0 21 hrs later
May 15, 2024 05:42PM (Puerto Rico Time)
96 km (60 mi)
SE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.9 23 hrs later
May 15, 2024 07:28PM (Puerto Rico Time)
1.9 km (1.2 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.7 1 day later
May 15, 2024 11:02PM (Puerto Rico Time)
17 km (10 mi)
NW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 2.5 2 days later
May 17, 2024 04:24AM (Puerto Rico Time)
94 km (58 mi)
S from Main Shock.
Detected MAG2.5+ earthquakes within within 100km (62 mi), that occurred in the three days before and after the main shock.

More earthquakes coming?

Aftershocks are usually at least 1 order of magnitude less strong than main shocks. The more time passes, the smaller the chance and likely strength of any potential aftershocks.

In only six percent of cases, significant earthquakes are followed by a larger main shock, making the current earthquake a foreshock. While the chance of this happening is not so large, it is adviced to maintain cautiousness in the hours and days following a major earthquake.

Read: How to Stay Safe during an Earthquake (cdc.gov).

This is the strongest earthquake in 4 years

Earthquakes of this strength occur quite regularly in the region. This is the strongest earthquake to hit since January 11th, 2020, when a 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit 159 km (99 mi) further south-southeast. An even stronger magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck on January 7th, 2020.

In total, 5 earthquakes with a magnitude of 5.6 or higher have been registered within 300km (186 mi) of this epicenter in the past 10 years. This comes down to an average of once every 2 years.

Low tsunami risk

DISCLAIMER: We strongly suggest to closely monitor advice from local authorities with regards to tsunami risks. Our analysis is based on automatically collected data from external sources, and these might contain mistakes. In addition, earthquakes can cause landslides that may lead to a tsunami, or be a followed by another, potentially stonger, earthquake.

Based on early data it appears this earthquake was not strong enough (lower than MAG-6.5) to be likely to cause destructive tsunami's. However this earthquake appeared to have hit at a shallow depth under sea, so stay cautious and monitor advice from local authorities.

Tsunami Risk Factors

Factor Under Sea? MAG-6.5 or stronger? Shallow depth?
Explanation Almost all tsunami's are caused by earthquakes with their epicenter under sea or very near the sea. However stay cautious in coastal areas as earthquakes on land may cause landslides into sea, potentially still causing a local tsunami. Under MAG 6.5: Very unlikely to cause a tsunami.
MAG 6.5 to 7.5: Destructive tsunami's do occur, but are uncommon. Likely to observe small sea level changes.
MAG 7.6+: Earthquakes with these magnitudes might produce destructive tsunami's.
Most destructive tsunami's are caused by shallow earthquakes with a depth between 0 and 100km under the surface of the earth. Deeper tsunami's are unlikely to displace to ocean floor.
This Earthquake This earthquake appears to have struck under the sea. Not this earthquake.
This earthquake had a magnitude of 5.6. Earthquakes of this strength are unlikely to trigger a tsunami.
This earthquake occurred at a depth of of 7 km (4 mi). Earthquakes this shallow could trigger a tsunami.

Sources

Last updated 30/05/24 00:18 (). This article is automatically generated based on available data. We keep checking multiple sources for additional information. This article gets updated as new details on this earthquake become available.

  1. US Geographic Society (USGS): Earthquake pr2024136000
  2. European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC): Earthquake 20240515_0000003
  3. Geonames.org: World Cities Database
  4. Google Maps: Static API
  5. Earthquakelist.org: Historic Earthquakes Database

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