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Earthquake Rattles the Entire Dominican Republic

A moderate tremor of 5.3 magnitude has rattled the entire Dominican Republic, at around 5:32am local time, whose epicenter was located 17 kilometers south-southeast of the city of San Jose de Ocoa, at a depth of 10 kilometers. The tremor shook doors and windows for around 30 seconds, startling people to scurry out of bed. Emergency Operations Center director Juan M. Mendez said there are no reports of damages or injuries thus far, although cracks in structures have been reported in the country’s south region.

Jose Mateo, on the phone from the town of Fundacion, in the southern city of Bani, said his house under construction “has some cracks,” with no major damages.

The geologist Osiris de Leon said since the tremor’s epicenter was inland, no tsunami warnings were issued. Interviewed by the program El Dia on Channel 11, the expert said the tremor was also felt in Haiti, where a 7.5 magnitude earthquake devastated Port-au-Prince on January 12, 2010.

…(Dominican Today) (USGS)

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January 6, 2012 - Posted by | Seismic | , , , ,

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