Earthquake Measuring up to 6.1 Mw Strikes Near Cayman Islands
Strong earthquake measuring up to M6.1 struck offshore near Cayman Islands about 70 km (45 miles) ESE of George Town, Cayman Islands and about 880 km WNW of the powerful earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince 8 days ago. The quake struck at a depth of about 10km on January 19, 2010 at 14:24 UTC.
There were no report of a tsunami in the area caused by this event.
The earthquake reportedly shook buildings in George town but there was no report of damage or injuries.
Grand Cayman was struck by a 6.8 Mw earthquake on December 14, 2004, three months after Hurricane Ivan had already raked the island. However, the quake caused only minor structural damage to some buildings.
FEWW Earthquake Forecast:
The Gonave Microplate, near the boundaries of which this earthquake occurred, could produce more seismicity in 2010, with possibly another powerful quake measuring 7.4 to 7.6Mw striking its southern boundary. Kingston, Jamaica could experience a powerful quake with a probability of 65 percent.
10-degree Map Centered at 20°N,80°W
Seismic Hazard Map of Haiti Region showing the east side of the Gonave Microplate, which is sandwiched between the North American and the Caribbean Plates .Source: USGS/EHP. Enhanced by FEWW. Click image to enlarge.
- Magnitude: 5.8 [EQ magnitude estimated by FEWW: 6.1 Mw – USGS/EHP routinely downgrades earthquakes by about 0.3 Mw]
- Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 14:23:38 UTC
- Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 09:23:38 AM at epicenter
- Location: 19.020°N, 80.779°W
- Depth: 10 km (6.2 miles)
- Region: CAYMAN ISLANDS REGION
- 70 km (45 miles) ESE of GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands
- 305 km (190 miles) WNW of Montego Bay, Jamaica
- 345 km (215 miles) S of Cienfuegos, Cuba
- 750 km (465 miles) S of Miami, Florida
- 880 km WNW of the powerful earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince on January 12, 2010
- Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 4.2 km (2.6 miles); depth fixed by location program
- Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
- Event ID: us2010rrbc