Earthquake Shakes Dominican Republic

Earthquake Shakes Dominican Republic

An earthquake has just struck the Dominican Republic, reports Redi Sismica de Puerto Rico, a network that monitors seismic activity in Puerto Rico and surrounding islands. The network also issues warnings of earthquakes and tsunamis.

The strong tremor registered a 4.9 magnitude and happened an hour ago, after 3 p.m. local time. Initially the quake was reported at a strength of 5.1 magnitude but was later downgraded.

According to the USGS, the quake was only 15 miles below the ground. People across the island in the Dominican Republic felt the shaking because of the quake’s shallow depth.

“No Warning, Advisory or Watch is in effect for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands,” Redi Sismica de Puerto Rico said on its website.

Reports say the Dominican Republic earthquake was fifty two miles north of Santo Domingo. There are no reports of injuries, casualties or damage.

By Perviz Walji

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