The earthquakes recorded this Sunday (31), in Rio Grande do Norte, by the Seismology Laboratory of UFRN (Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte), were one of the most talked about subjects on the networks in the last 24 hours.
Opinions are divided as to the impact caused by the phenomena. Some say the scare was great. On the other hand, some residents didn’t even feel the earth shake.
The epicenter of the tremor occurred in the Atlantic Ocean, being felt in the capital Natal and some cities on the north coast. The first tremor of 2.4 mR (Brazilian regional magnitude) occurred at 0:34 am. The second, of 3.7 mR, occurred at 16:05.
Brazilian Twitter was filled with posts and comments referring to the earthquakes. Some people reported details of the scare they felt when they felt the earthquakes. Others simply did not know – and did not even feel – that the region had suffered earthquakes.
“And this earthquake in Natal? One more for the bill. Natal wanting to do a big event with rain and earthquake. You can’t take it, no, city”, commented an internet user.
“Earthquake just now in Natal. Mercy. I felt it, the feeling is distressing,” wrote another. “Guys, my bed shook, I thought it was my son on the mattress next to him, but he wasn’t in the room. I let it go. But now I know that the earth shook in Natal. Damn, are we in California?”, wrote a third. .
“What time was this earthquake in Natal? I didn’t feel it,” said an internet user who, unlike others, was not affected by the quake. “Everyone talking about the earthquake in Natal and I didn’t feel ‘nothing’ of anything. Look, this city doesn’t have the structure for two natural events on the same day”, wrote another.
“This earthquake story in Natal is fake. No earthquake was recorded here by the USGS (United States Geological Service)”, posted an internet user, publishing a print that shows the absence of records of earthquakes in Brazil by the US agency. .
At the site gives USGS there is no record of earthquakes felt in Brazil this Sunday. But there is an explanation: this could happen because earthquakes that occur outside the US and with an intensity less than magnitude 4.5 on the Richter scale are difficult for the USGS locate if there is not enough data.