The new technology installed in Cuba's Network of Seismological Stations allowed specialists from the Geodrynamic Observatory to immediately detect and analyze the quake that occurred today, in the eastern part of the country.
"This is the first telluric event processed through the new equipment, located in the eight wide-band and two telemetric stations," Griselda Despaigne, deputy technical director of the National Center for Seismological Research (CENAIS) in Santiago de Cuba told AIN.
According to the specialist (the technical director of the National Seismological Research Centre, or CENAIS), this geological phenomenon is the 40th one this year that was perceptible, registering 5.1 on the Richter scale, localized to 19.96 lattitude north and 75.52 longitude east, one kilometre south-southwest of Playa Czconal, with a range of 25 kilometres.
The scientist emphasized that this gives effective tools in order to provide immediate and precise information about the movement of the earth, improving the quality and breadth of the research.
Geodynamic Observatory specialists continue to work intensively on processing data related to the event, which has involved around 30 imperceptible aftershocks.
This year, 2010, is characterized by high seismic activity, with emphasis on the Baconao area, where the release of energy is high and earthquakes greater than 5 have been registered during this period. This is attributable to the shakes that occurred in Haiti last January.
Normally, in Cuba, about 15 perceptible seismic events are reported each year.