Cayman Islands Earthquake: 5.8 in Richter Scale Hits South Of Cuba

Date: January / 19 / 2010 + Comments: 0

Cayman Islands Aerial

A Cayman Islands earthquake rattled the region today Tuesday January 19th, 2010, in the morning with a 5.8 magnitude in Richter Scale.

The Cayman Islands are located south of Cuba in the Caribbean Region, which is still recovering from the Haiti earthquake a week ago.

On Monday, a 6.0 Guatemala earthquake was recorded, though there was reportedly no damage.

Early reports said the Cayman Islands earthquake hit just six miles underground and that telephone lines were reported down in the region.

A photographer in the Cayman Islands told Reuters his apartment shook for approximately 10 seconds.

Earthquake Details


Magnitude: 5.8

  • Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 14:23:38 UTC
  • Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 09:23:38 AM at epicenter

Location (coordinates): 19.020°N, 80.779°W
Depth: 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program


Distances: 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

Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 4.2 km (2.6 miles); depth fixed by location program
Parameters: NST=234, Nph=234, Dmin=353.6 km, Rmss=0.98 sec, Gp= 36°,
M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=7
Event ID: us2010rrbc

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Post author: Daniel Semper

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