M 5.8 in Puerto Rico on 06 Jan 2020 10:32 UTC

Event summary

This earthquake can have a low humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability.

GDACS ID EQ 1200851
Earthquake Magnitude: 5.8M
Depth: 6 Km
Lat/Lon: 17.8675 , -66.8193
Event Date: 06 Jan 2020 10:32 UTC
06 Jan 2020 06:32 Local
Exposed Population: About 67000 people in MMI VI
2730000 people within 100km
Inserted at: 07 Jan 2020 23:13 UTC


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GDACS score
PRICO RS 0.2 0.2
pr2020006006 Scaled population (raster) 1.49  
  C1 shakemap -0.59  
  C2 shakemap 0.53  
  Country Vulnerability 0  
  INFORM_normalised 1  
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Puerto Rico - Earthquake (ECHO 07 Jan 2020)Tue, 07 Jan 2020 11:09

  • An earthquake of 6.5 M at a depth of 10 km struck off the south-west coast of Puerto Rico, on 7 January at 8.24 UTC (4.24 local time). The epicentre was approximately 12 km west-southwest of Ponce City.
  • Up to 2,000 people were exposed to very strong shaking and 327,000 to strong shaking. The seismic event was preceeded by several foreshocks including a 5.8 M earthquake, 15 km east-south-east of Guanica Municipality. An earthquake induced landslide was reported in Guayanilla Municipality.
  • As of 7 January, media report at least 11 collapsed or damaged buildings, including schools and administrative buildings as a result of the 5.8 M earthquake  but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage emanating from the 6.5 M earthquake.
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Estimated casualties (PAGER)

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Exposed population

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For this events, GDACS has links to information from the following sources: JRC (42), (2), NEIC (6), OCHA (1), INGV (1), USGS (5), INFORM (2),