Earthquake Jolts Region as Puerto Rico Continues to Feel Aftershocks

ROSEAU, Dominica, Wednesday January 8, 2020 – As regional experts and disaster officials continue to urge the region to be prepared on the heels of strong earthquakes in Puerto Rico, a 5.2 magnitude tremor struck off Dominica this morning.

The Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the University of the West Indies’ St Augustine Campus in Trinidad reported that the tremor was recorded at 10:01 a.m.

Its centre was located 23 km southeast of Dominica’s capital, Roseau; 66 km north-northwest of Fort-de-France, Martinique; and 124 km south-southeast of Point-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The tremor was recorded as Puerto Rico continued to feel the aftershocks of a 6.4 magnitude earthquake that rocked the US Caribbean territory yesterday morning and was responsible for the death of one man and damage to buildings, roads and bridges, and knocked out power and water services in some areas.

On the heels of that large tremor, the SRC had said that the seismic activity around Puerto Rico was a reminder that the region is seismically active and residents must therefore always need to be prepared. 

In an information note issued this morning, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) also urged countries to continue to monitor the situation in Puerto Rico, and said it would do the same.

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