Important historic earthquakes in Cuba

Last update: May 13, 2014 at 4:37 pm by By

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Label info : M = magnitude, D = depth (km), Time = UTC time

SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Guisa, Cuba Jan 17 09:08 5.8 10 MAP I Felt It
  • Montego Bay - Woke up to our hotel room shaking only to later find out Cuba had an earthquake.
  • Marea del Portillo - probably awakened by 4:08 shaking and felt approx 1to 2 seconds of light shaking about 2 minutes later at around 4:10 AM. A number of guests were awake and outside their rooms for a while and looking out over the ocean for any signs of a tsunami. The hotel staff checked and relayed message re the location of quake and all then returned to their rooms.
  • GEOFON Cuba Region Jan 17 09:08 5.9 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Cuba Region Jan 17 09:08 5.9 20 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Baracoa, Cuba Sep 30 23:06 5.0 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Cuba Region Sep 30 23:06 5.0 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Cuba Region Sep 30 23:06 5.0 15 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Tacuba, El Salvador Aug 14 05:13 4.8 140 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Tacuba, El Salvador Feb 01 16:45 4.5 132 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS El Cobre, Cuba Jan 25 22:37 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Santiago de CUba - People can sleep stay outsite the house every night for 2 weeks now .. scary
  • EMSC Cuba Region Jan 25 22:37 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Cuba Region Jan 25 18:05 4.8 2 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Cuba Region Jan 25 18:05 4.4 571 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS El Cobre, Cuba Jan 25 18:05 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Guantanamo, Cuba Jan 24 13:08 4.2 21 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Cuba Region Jan 24 13:08 4.2 21 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS El Cobre, Cuba Jan 21 03:09 4.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Little Torch Key Florida - Felt like a train passing by.
  • Summerland Key - Shook the house enough to wake us up
  • EMSC Cuba Region Jan 21 03:09 4.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Cuba Region Jan 18 06:16 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Cuba Region Jan 18 06:16 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS El Cobre, Cuba Jan 17 08:30 5.1 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Cuba Region Jan 17 08:30 5.1 10 MAP I Felt It
  • Guantanamo bay - No damage light shaking of bed
  • Guantánamo Bay - Several little tremors about 5 mins apart
  • GEOFON Cuba Region Jan 17 08:30 5.0 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Cuba Region Jan 17 08:17 5.2 10 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Cuba Region Jan 17 08:17 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS El Cobre, Cuba Jan 17 08:17 5.1 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Cuba Region Jan 17 06:48 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS El Cobre, Cuba Jan 17 06:48 4.6 8 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Cuba Region Jan 17 06:48 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS El Cobre, Cuba Jan 17 06:37 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Cuba Region Jan 17 06:37 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Cuba Region Jan 17 06:37 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Cuba Region Dec 05 20:19 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Santiago De Cuba, Cuba Aug 19 05:24 3.8 23 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • lilongwe - nothing has been damaged i just felt a light shaking of the gound
  • USGS Corralillo, Cuba Aug 16 11:47 4.3 17 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Cuba Region Aug 16 11:47 4.3 17 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Cuba Region Feb 24 09:02 4.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Cuba Region Jan 21 04:07 4.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Jaguey Grande, Cuba Jan 21 04:07 4.0 16 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Cuba Region Jan 21 04:07 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Baracoa, Cuba Oct 19 05:25 4.4 13 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Cuba Region Oct 19 05:25 4.4 14 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS El Cobre, Cuba Aug 25 23:59 4.2 17 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Cuba Region Aug 25 23:59 4.2 17 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Cuba Region Mar 09 11:26 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Port St. Joe, FL - At approximately 11:03 EST on Saturday, March 8th 2014 an earthquake lasting only 10-20 seconds occurred. I was lying on the couch when it began and I distinctly felt the couch moving beneath me. The windows of the house were rattling, as was my cup on the table beside me. After the first quake there was a 30-45 second lapse, then two more sharp shakes. At this time, the two dogs outside began to bark
  • Key West Florida - A shaking noise in our 2nd floor apt. overlooking a marina on the gulf of mexico. I thought it was our dog scratching but not. The plants in the home were also moving back and forth for aprox. 2 minutes.
  • Key west - 4th floor of apt at 730 am march 9, entire building shaking. Key west, next to airport
  • Big Coppit Key - In a control tower on the naval base. Our tower shook immediately startling 3veryone.
  • Big Pine Key FL - I was in bed and could feel the bed shake for about 30 or 40 sec
  • Marathon - I felt earthquake
  • Marathon, FL - Around 7:15 AM March 9th, 2014. Bed was rocking side to side for about 30 seconds. No damage apparent.
  • Key West - Saw fire extinguisher move on wall on 3rd story of the hospital on Kennedy drive. We will sure something had occurred
  • Key west - Depoo Hospital 3rd floor
  • Naples - Isles of Capri, FL (across the Marco River). 3rd floor of my condo. I was seated on the floor feeding my cat. Felt the swaying side to side (I was facing West) about 4 times. Cat froze and stared at me. No damage whatsoever.
  • Key West - Occurred at 0726 EST, lasted less than 30 seconds.
  • Key West - Work at a hotel in Key West, Florida - island experienced light shaking. Taxi cabs came out, feeling their cabs shake, and numerous items throughout property shook.
  • Marco Island - We were in bed and were awaken by the bed shaking about 4 times Doors also rattled
  • Big Pine Key - Wasn't as strong or as long as January 9,2014 earthquake but,stronger than the February 2014 earthquake.
  • Key West - No damage that we know of …but the building shook. We are on the 4th floor of the Galleon Resort and didn't know what this was. Shook for about 3-4 seconds
  • Ft Lauderdale - I was wakened at 07:30 EST today by the movement of the building in which I live, The experience was short 5-10 seconds but enough for me to know that the building was shaking. I experienced something similar in LA are some years ago, at least enough to know that it was not the effects of morning passion from the neighboring apartment.
  • Key Colony Beach - seven thirtyish march 9 Woke up because bed was shaking, thought at first that it was the dog. Lasted about 15 seconds. Asked around, but no one else had felt it. Was beginning to doubt myself.
  • Varadero - Woke us up....no damage, just pretty good rocking of the bed
  • Varadero - Laying in bed 07:25 Cuban time...the room and bed shook worthy of a 4+ for what little I know about earthquakes :) Zero damage.
  • Varadero - Vacationing. Awoken on the 6th floor. Lightbulbs shook from their sockets and beds gyrated.
  • Varadero - Shaking of the bed
  • Key Colony Beach - Felt the bed shaking then a slight pause and it happened again. Lasted a few seconds each time.Others in the house noticed doors moving and a mirror moved.
  • Varadero - woke us up. the beds were shaking
  • Varadero - A steady rocking motion woke me. At first I thought perhaps heavy equipment was near our two storey building but realized after several seconds it was an earthquake. I went to the patio and noticed a man on the balcony of the block in front of mine. He was checking his outer wall for damage. None noted. We just looked at each other, then went back inside. I asked a few others later that day yet few seemed to have noticed anything. I thought it was around 2:30 a.m.
  • USGS Corralillo, Cuba Mar 09 11:26 4.7 9 MAP I Felt It
  • Varadero - Just arrived 9 hrs prior for 1 week vacation and was shaken in the bed - early morning wake up call. I guess they do it different in Cuba.
  • Veradero - We are from BC Canada and live in an earthquake zone have felt a few here but this one in Veradero woke us up, rumbled and rattled our hotel.
  • GEOFON Cuba Region Mar 09 11:26 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It
  • veradero - My wife and I were vacationing in cuba and on the morning of sunday march 9th 2014 we where awakened by the movement and swaying of our bed. The movement was considerable enough to wake us both at the same timey
  • Varadero - le lit bougeait,vibration au planché et vibration légerte au mur.
  • varadero - vibration du lit, mur et planché
  • Veradero - I wouldn't know how to categorize the strength of the earthquake that shook the morning of March 9, 2014 @ 7:27AM as Ive never experienced one that was worth making note of, but this woke me from my bed as doors were rattling and the bed was shaking.
  • Varadero - About 0730 local time, Sunday 9 March - we were already awake - Shake lasted about ten seconds, moving across the hotel bedroom, first patio windows, then floor/beds moved & finally wardrobe doors rattled. Bedroom located on 3rd floor of a six floor reinforced concrete building. No structural damage noted [I looked, I'm an architect] - Some other guests [who were asleep at the time]were not woken by the event.
  • Varadero - Vacationing with my daughter and awoke to the feeling of our beds being shaken like someone was trying to wake us up. This was at approx 7:30 am on March 9th 2014 No knowledge of any damage but most people we talked to on the resort felt it. Did not see any damage
  • Varadeo - I was awake when the earthquake struck. I thought it was just my husband rolling over in bed, but it woke him up I knew it was something else.
  • Varadero - We were in bed. Thought my son was having a nightmare. The beds shook first then the cupboard doors all rattled.
  • Varadero - Whole room shook for about a couple of minutes.
  • Varadero - Vacationing in the resort area of Varadero. Was awake and heard a low rumble along with shaking that felt like light airplane turbulence at 7:25AM. It woke my wife. Others at the resort felt the same. There was no talk of damage. It lasted about 30 seconds.
  • Varadero - We didn't know what it was at first. My husband assumed something was going by in the hallway but I told him it was an earthquake. It stopped for a second then did it again and we knew for sure that it was an earthquake or a tremor! Either was it was a little scary!
  • Varadero - Just got back from a week at a beautiful resort in Cuba. My wife and I were both sleeping last Sunday morning when just before 7:30 am (new EDT) we were shaken awake and said to each other "do you feel that? This is an earthquake." Didn't last too long - about 15 seconds. We could feel the shake and a definite rolling of the building.
  • Varadero - We were totally Freaked out! A 1st for us!!
  • Varadero - Shortly before 7:30am just having woke up, I heard some rattling and felt some moderate shaking for approximately 5 seconds. Having experienced earth tremors before, I immediately suspected a quake. My husband and I were staying on the third floor of our hotel and didn't notice any damage. We looked outside immediately to see that other people were not reacting.
  • GEOFON Cuba Region Feb 05 03:19 4.4 12 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Islamorada Florida - No damages Just mild shaking
  • Key west - Felt bed shaking for about 15-20 seconds. Other people at hotel felt it as well. Appears they were on other side of building.
  • Miramar, Florida - Felt heavier shaking than the normal mining/blasting that goes on. Similar to Jan 9th quake.
  • Varadero - op het terras van het hotel voelden we enkele seconden lang een matige trilling. Iedereen kon het waarnemen.
  • Varadero - Secousse 10/15s. Pas de dégâts à ma connaissance.
  • Varadero - It was about 10.30 at night - we were in the bedroom and felt the room shake and the bed. Lasted about 6 seconds.
  • varadero - was at a resort lounge when we felt it. Thought it was a hard wind gust on the structure
  • Varadero - Woken from sleep at resort
  • In my house - It wasn't good I was so
  • Key West - No damage. Friend and I in our bedrooms asleep. She estimates shaking for 30 seconds. Woke both of us in separate rooms.
  • Varadero - Was in the bar and chair shaking - had to put my drink down! Jules McShee
  • Varadero - We were laying in bed watching a movie when the bed started shaking. No damage & nothing knocked over. Felt it for about 6 or 7 seconds.
  • Varadero - Felt mild shaking indoors for approximately 10 seconds. My mother was outside at the time and didn't notice anything.
  • Varadero - Vacationing in Varadero. We were awoken early in the morning, sounded like a train rumbling nearby.
  • Varadero - no damage, the lights and the furniture shaked for a few seconds, then it stopped
  • Varadero - Vacationing at the Varadero Rio Resort. Was sleeping when awoken to shaking bed/headboard and door/chain rattling. Gave us quite the scare as I first thought someone was trying to break into our room.
  • Varadero - Moderate shaking for 15 - 20 seconds. Woke us up. Around 07:25 Cuba time.
  • Varadero - Sunday morning, we woke up by shaking of the bed and the rattling noise of the metal staircase on the outside of the building. We both knew immediately it was an earthquake and ran outside. We didn't see anybody else and the staff pretended nothing happened. But later when we asked other guests, people did notice.
  • Varadero - My first earthquake. Woke up to it.
  • USGS Marti, Cuba Feb 05 03:19 4.3 12 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Cuba Region Feb 05 03:19 4.4 14 MAP I Felt It
  • Varadero - Bed and curtains were shaking nothing damaged
  • Varadero - It was at 1030 at night and our beds and the room were shaking...it was scary
  • USGS Corralillo, Cuba Jan 09 20:57 5.0 20 MAP I Felt It
  • La Habana - Se movió como por 6-10 segundos el monitor y la mesa de trabajo muy levemente hacia delante y hacia detrás
  • Varadero - Was outside at resort felt ground shaking.. Power and water knocked out for a few hours
  • Varadero - low rumble sound followed by 10 seconds of gentle shakes. No damage
  • Veradero - Moderate shaking and rumble felt on second floor of building lasting 15 seconds or so with less intense swaying for several seconds after. No after who is felt and no damage seen.
  • Varadero - We were on vacations, sitting by the beach. It shake for 20-25 sec.
  • Varadero - short shaking. no damage
  • Veradero - Was sunbathing by the pool and felt vibrations which lasted for about 30 seconds.
  • Varadero - On vacation sitting poolside shook for 25-30 seconds with long ripples across the pool( no aftershocks felt) . People at the beach felt nothing. Lost power for a few hours. Resort staff were completely freaked out as they have not had earthquakes in this area of the country.
  • Varadero - Lying outside beside pool on the sunbed relaxing, felt as though someone was repeatedly pushing (gently) on the back of my sunbed. Only myself and a family near me seemed to feel it. Lasted approx. 30seconds
  • Varadero - Op vakantie in Varadero - we waren op onze kamer, hotelgebouw daverde flink, al bij al toch angstig moment

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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    People
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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