Dominican Republic risks quake similar to Haiti’s - Dominican Republic is at risk of sustaining an earthquake similar to the one which devastated Haiti, warned to Monday a group of experts who will meet with president Leonel Fernandez next month, reports.


The Columbia University researchers told to The Associated Press that Santiago, with more than one million people and the country’s second biggest city, is at risk  a magnitude 8 earthquake, much stronger than the magnitude 7.0 that killed more than 200,000 Haitians in January last year.

“The next event of this type will probably occur on the other side of the island (Hispaniola)," said the university’s Urban Design Lab director Richard Plunz, who led the investigation. "It could generate very serious damages in the long term.”

Plunz and the rest of the researchers plan to meet with Fernandez at the end of April in Santo Domingo to apprise him of the find.

After Haiti’s quake, the President requested a seismological analysis of the Dominican Republic and a series of recommendations as to how best prepare the country for a disaster of that magnitude.


Read also: Dominican Republic's south coast has highly dangerous seismic activity

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