Perceptible earthquake shakes towns of Santiago de Cuba and Guantánamo

Sismo perceptible sacude localidades de Santiago de Cuba y Guantánamo

HAVANA, March 24. An earthquake shook part of the eastern region of Cuba this Saturday, affecting the provinces of Guantánamo and Santiago de Cuba.The National Center for Seismological Research (CENAIS) confirmed that the earthquake was noticeable in Caimanera, province of Guantánamo and in several locations in Santiago de Cuba around 11:46 in the morning, on March 23.

The event had a longitude of -75.31, a latitude of 19.64, a depth of 25 km and a magnitude of 3.8, according to CENAIS, which has classified it as the first earthquake of 2024.

At the time of writing this note, no loss of human life or material damage has been reported.

During the year 2023, the Oriente fault, the main area of seismic activity that constitutes a plate boundary south of the eastern region of the country, presented the highest number of earthquakes, of the 14 noticeable in Cuba.

The data were reported by the Technical Vice Directorate of the National Center for Seismological Research (Cenais), an entity belonging to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, which also added that a total of 7,475 earthquake movements were recorded on the Island.