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The August 20, 1852 earthquake in Santiago de Cuba

Mario Octavio Cotilla Rodriguez and Diego Cordoba Barba
The August 20, 1852 earthquake in Santiago de Cuba
Russian Geology and Geophysics (November 2010) 51 (11): 1227-1246


On August 20, 1852, an earthquake caused widespread destruction in the city of Santiago de Cuba and its surroundings. A comprehensive search for contemporary documentation was made. The information gathered was used for a detailed analysis of the damage from and characteristics of the earthquakes. Intensities were evaluated at 45 localities, and an isoseismal scheme has been drawn. Maximum intensity reached 8 degrees (MSK), and 6.4 was the estimated magnitude. Damage to the city of Santiago de Cuba has been studied in detail. The low quality of construction aggravated the damage. The total number of casualties was two dead and approximately 200 injured. The shock was felt within 80,000 km (super 2) . The epicenter was determined as 19.75 degrees N, 75.32 degrees W, h = 30 km. This study shows that contemporary Cuban documents must be studied with care in their historical and cultural background to avoid overestimating earthquake intensities.

ISSN: 1068-7971
Serial Title: Russian Geology and Geophysics
Serial Volume: 51
Serial Issue: 11
Title: The August 20, 1852 earthquake in Santiago de Cuba
Affiliation: Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Departamento de Fisica de la Tierra, Astronomia y Astrofisica, Madrid, Spain
Pages: 1227-1246
Published: 201011
Text Language: English
Publisher: Allerton Press, New York, NY, United States
References: 107
Accession Number: 2021-074797
Categories: Seismology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 10 tables, geol. sketch maps
N19°45'00" - N19°45'00", E75°19'60" - E75°19'60"
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2021, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 202152
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