Two quakes shake Dominican Republic in three days

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, Friday October 19, 2012 – Two minor earthquakes shook the Dominican Republic this week, rattling a few nerves but causing no significant injuries or property damage.

The first occurred on Sunday October 14 with a 4.4-magnitude quake approximately 30 kilometres east off the coast of Samana on the country’s northern peninsula, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

Sunday’s minor earthquake, which struck at 9:46 pm local time, was located about 48 kilometres north of El Seybo and 53 kilometres north-northeast of Hato Mayor.

Light-to-moderate shaking was reportedly experienced on the country’s northeastern peninsula, and weak-to-light shaking was felt as far away as Santo Domingo, about 136 kilometres south of the quake’s epicentre.

The second, slightly stronger earthquake rocked the Dominican Republic on Tuesday night with a magnitude of 4.7 on the Richter scale, according to the USGS.

The epicentre of Tuesday’s quake was located approximately 26 kilometres south-southwest of Constanza in La Vega, and 31 kilometres north-northwest of Azua.
There were reports of light shaking across the Dominican Republic, including in Peralta in Azul and in the capital Santo Domingo from the more powerful quake, which occurred at about 10:30 pm local time.

No significant injuries or damage were reported to have been incurred by either of the two earthquakes. Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)