ShakeMap (Calculated intensity of this earthquake near San Juan):
General data about this earthquake:
Time (UTC): 2022-08-09 13:12
Depth: 23.0 km
Maximum intensity: 3.8 (EMS scale)
Given earthquake data might be preliminary (uncertain) until manual revision by a scientist is done.
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Current earthquake activity near San Juan:
In the past 30 days, 206 earthquakes of magnitude 2.4 or higher were detected in Puerto Rico (see map section). Therefore, the earthquake activity of the past month has been much higher relative to long-term trends (more than 20% deviation).
Since 1960, 124 earthquakes larger than Magnitude 3.9 were detected in this region. This makes an average of 2.08 earthquakes larger than M3.9 per year around San Juan. Therefore, the general earthquake activity is usually high and quakes of this size have an average recurrence time of approx. 5.8 months (174 days).
Largest earthquakes in this map section* (San Juan and nearby)
*Data: USGS (Magnitude 5 +, since 1960). See all historical earthquakes in the interactive map linked above.
What to do in case of an earthquake?
1. No panic.
2. If you are inside a building: Seek shelter under stable furniture (e.g. dining table). Be aware of falling objects. Do not flee the building! Falling roof tiles, bricks and glass can harm you. After the shaking stopped: Turn off the electronical devices. Check gas pipes for leaks. Check for structural damage. Leave your house if you are uncertain. In case of damage: Do not enter the building before professional savety check! Dangerous aftershocks might follow. Help your neighbours if necessary.If outdoors: Keep away from buildings, try to find open space, crouch down and cover your head with your arms. Do not run on streets before checking for cars. Always watch your environment.
3. If you are near the coast: In case of strong or long-lasting shaking evacuate to higher grounds immediately! A tsunami might be possible. Do not wait for official warnings. In areas of high tsunami threat, follow the evacuation route signs but be aware of possible damaged buildings and landslides on your route. Once reaching a higher / save point, listen to official instructions and warnings.
4. If you are in the mountains or near a steep slope: Watch for rockfalls, landslides and avalanches. Get away from slopes immediately and protect your head with your arms.
5. Try to help people in need. Take special care for eldery people and children. After the earthquake stopped, confirm that your neighbours, friends and family are save. Help them, if necessary but do not get yourself into a dangerous situation. Call and wait for professional rescue teams.