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Seismic behavior derived from the earthquake in Haiti will last for months, says CENAIS director

HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 16 (ACN) The seismic behavior derived from the 7.4 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti on August 14 and whose first 489 aftershocks have been felt in eastern Cuba, will last for months, according to O' Leary González Matos, director of the National Center for Seismological Research (CENAIS).

Commander of the Revolution Ramiro Valdés Menéndez, Cuban Deputy Prime Minister, visited the CENAIS hours after the earthquake and asked about the impact in the Caribbean area, specifically in the southeastern zone of Cuba.

He insisted that, since it is impossible to forecast an earthquake, it is very important to give people as much information as possible, including the instructions issued by Civil Defense authorities for these cases.

Director González Matos explained that, although it was an earthquake of great intensity, its depth at 10 kilometers makes it a superficial event and, given its distance, the waves that reach Cuba are of slightly lower frequencies, which makes it easier to perceive in tall buildings.

Due to these characteristics, there may have been cases of falling objects in households or cracks in some walls in the eastern provinces of Guantánamo and Santiago de Cuba. If its epicenter had been closer, he remarked, it would have had a much higher frequency.

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