Cuba records an earthquake of 5.9 magnitude perceptible in three eastern provinces

An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale was felt in the eastern provinces of Santiago de Cuba, Holguín and Guantanamo, with no casualties reported, state media reported on the island today.

The earthquake was registered at 20.11 local time on Saturday 10 kilometers deep and 116 kilometers east of Maisí the easternmost tip of Cuba, according to a bulletin from the network of stations of the National Seismological Service (SSN).

The strong shock was felt in the municipalities of Baracoa, Caimanera and Maisí, in the province of Guantánamo, as well as in those of Moa, Sagua de Tánamo and Mayarí, of Holguín, and in Songo-La Maya, Segundo Frente and Santiago de Cuba, the digital publication Cubadebate.

The easternmost region of the island and in particular the province of Santiago de Cuba are considered the most susceptible to the occurrence of telluric movements.

Between January and June 2017 that area registered 3,140 earthquakes, but only 11 were perceived by the inhabitants of the affected localities.

This earthquake is number 12 reported in Cuba so far this year and has coincided in magnitude with the one in Haiti on Saturday.

The magnitude 5.9 earthquake registered this Saturday night north of Port de Paix, in the northwestern department of Haiti, has caused at least 11 deaths and more than 100 injured, according to preliminary official data.


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