Guyana is feeling a quake of magnitude 5.7 in Brazil

Today, people all over Guyana felt a quake of magnitude 5.7 in Boa Vista, Brazil.

Several people took to social media after feeling the tremor, while others said they felt nothing from the shallow earthquake in the Brazilian city bordering Guyana.

See below for a statement from the Guyana Civil Defense Commission (CDC) on the earthquake:

The Civil Defense Commission received reports of a 10 km shallow earthquake with an epicenter near Boa Vista, Roraima, Brazil which occurred on Sunday 31 January 2021 at 3:05 pm local time.

Shallow earthquakes are felt stronger than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. The exact magnitude, epicenter and depth of the earthquake can be reviewed within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies publish their report.

The Regional Emergency Operations Center reported that the tremor was felt in Region 9 but no losses or damages were reported. The Civil Defense Commission will continue to closely monitor the National Emergency Monitoring System and provide updates as more information becomes available.

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