Monday, December 19, 2011

Earthquake in Puerto Rico Trench Today

A 3.69 earthquake took place in the Puerto Rico Trench area but don't be misled by the name of the area because it was actually closer to the Dominican Republic. I thought we might all want to take note. Though the USGS clearly marks the latitude and longitud, it doesn't go indepth in the Worldwide List of Recent Earthquakes any information of the surrounding geography. Of course not it is a list and limited to a line, though if you click on the word map, it will take you to a more detailed map of the area. Yet even then, the map does not denote the fact that this particular quake was within the Trench area, one of the deepest areas in the world. Click here for the map at USGS. The Puerto Rico Seismic Network on the other hand includes depth information in its color coded illustrations which make it easier to interpret this information. It works better for those of us who are not versed in the location of various trenches and fault lines. So kudos for them! To see the info click here, then scroll down. Basically what I am saying is that it helps to know you can merge the information from both sites to get a more complete picture of the seismic activity in any given area. Follow the links at USGS and you will find the originating source for their information and it is usually replete with additional information.

Noting that we had some recent seismic activity just off of Puerto Rico last week. See links here. Since then many people are trying to keep tabs on earthquake activity in the area. Let's hope we all stay safe, that is our prayer.

To all those gifted and dedicated people putting up such useful information online, Thank You!

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