São Jorge registers largest earthquake on Tuesday

Written By Lara Silva

The earthquake was registered at 9:56 PM local time on the island of São Jorge in the Azores. According to CNN Portugal, the earthquake was also felt in Terceira, Pico, and Faial. CIVISA recorded the earthquake with a magnitude of 3,8 on the Richter scale, making it the largest earthquake since the beginning of the crisis on March 19. The epicenter of the earthquake was in the ocean, one kilometer away from Velas.

According to the scale of Richter, a 3,8 earthquake is still considered “minor”. Beforehand, the largest earthquake since the crisis began had been on March 19 with a magnitude of 3,3.

The island of São Jorge has now recorded over 20,000 earthquakes since March 19, over 200 of which have been felt by the population. Only a few days ago, there had been a record of 12,000 earthquakes since March 19.

The number of total earthquakes is over double of all earthquakes recorded in the whole of the Azores in 2021.

The island’s volcanic alert has been raised to level 4 of 5, meaning there is a threat of a volcanic eruption. The last volcano eruption was in 1808 in Velas, São Jorge.

Guide to Sao Jorge Island, the Azores

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