New seismic study begins in Puerto Rico

Earthquake Information Bulletin (USGS)


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A new seismological project is now underway in Puerto Rico to provide information needed for accurate assessment of the island's seismic hazard. The project should also help to increase understanding of the tectonics and geologic evolution of the Caribbean region. The Puerto Rico Seismic Program is being conducted by the Geological Survey with support provided by the Puerto Rico Water Resources Authority, an agency responsible for generation and distribution of electric power throughout the Commonwealth. The Program will include the installation of a network of high quality seismograph stations to monitor seismic activity on and around Puerto Rico. These stations will be distributed across the island to record the seismicity as uniformly as possible. The detection and accurate location of small earthquakes, as well as moderate magnitude shocks, will aid in mapping active seismic zones and in compiling frequency of occurrence statistics which ultimately wil be useful in seismic risk-zoning of hte island. 

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title New seismic study begins in Puerto Rico
Series title Earthquake Information Bulletin (USGS)
Volume 6
Issue 4
Year Published 1974
Language English
Publisher U.S Geological Survey
Description 4 p.
First page 23
Last page 26
Country United States
Other Geospatial Puerto Rico
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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