Dominican Republic earthquake: Tremor hits northeast of Santo Domingo

PUBLISHED Sun, April 02, 2017 - 10:55pm EDT
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A moderate earthquake (temblor) with a preliminary magnitude of 5.0 has struck the Dominican Republic, with shaking felt in the capital Santo Domingo as well as Puerto Rico, seismologists and local residents say. (more)

The earthquake, which struck at 10:45 p.m. local time on Sunday, was centered about 15 kilometers (10 miles) northwest of Hato Mayor del Rey, the capital of Hato Mayor Province. It struck at a depth of about 56 miles (90 kilometers), which is relatively deep.

The Puerto Rico Seismic Network put the preliminary magnitude of Sunday's earthquake at 5.0, while the United States Geological Survey (USGS) puts the preliminary magnitude at 4.7.

The tremor was widely felt across the region. There were reports of shaking being felt from Santo Domingo, La Romana, Punta Cana, Las Terrenas, Higuey, and El Seibo, among other places. Light shaking was also felt in western Puerto Rico.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries and no tsunami warnings have been issued. "There is no tsunami danger from this earthquake," the U.S. Tsunami Warning Center said in a brief statement about the earthquake.

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