posted on Feb, 26 2013 @ 11:23 AM
A 5.1 quake just hit north of the DR, in what seems to be an expanding swarm of quakes north of Puerto Rico.
It has been expanding west, towards the Dominican Republic. Last thirty days of activity:
Note it takes a bit before quakes are passed over to the 30 day list, so the 5.0 is not visible on that map yet.
EDIT: It just showed up on the 30-day list, so I replaced the pic so you can see.
ALSO- that depth profile does not fit the typical depth profile for the area, as historic seismicity shows typical depths of 70 km+ for that spot
where this 5.0 occurred. This quake was only at 5 km depth!
But the Puerto Rico trench, where this swarm is occurring, has the potential to produce very large quakes, 8.0+.
After Japan, I don't trust the words of just about any geologist who says otherwise. And same goes for Central America. Very bad things could happen
there too. But right now, with that quake, we'd better keep an eye out on the Caribbean.
Advisory for the northeastern part of the DR, for sure- that seems at risk to me at the moment.
edit on Tue Feb 26th 2013 by TrueAmerican
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