Earthquake 4.9 shakes Dominican Republic's NW

Santiago, Dominican Republic.-  A 4.9 magnitude tremor shook Dominican Republic’s Northwest at 10:53 p.m. Sunday and the Emergency Operations Center (COE) confirmed that there were no injuries or damages reported.

The quake was felt in Santiago, the towns Esperanza, Valverde, Navarrete and Puerto Plata, whose epicenter was located in 19.705 North Latitude and 70.975 West Longitude.

Just hours before the quake on the Dominican side of the border another tremor killed two people in Haiti on Sunday, when a 4 floor apartment building collapsed in that country’s second largest city Cape Haitien, the United Nations office there said.

Related article from . - Four tremors shook the country in just eight hours as the Santo Domingo State University (UASD) Seismology Institute cautions that others, called micro-quakes, may occur in the next hours.

UASD seismologist Felix Marte said the population shouldn’t fear tremors and remain calm, because they are normal, though constantly monitored.

The quakes occurred at 10:53 Sunday night, one of magnitude 4.6 at 19.6 North latitude by 60.9 West longitude, 10 kilometers in depth, felt in the Cibao’s north-central and northwest towns Mao, Santiago, San Francisco, Puerto Plata. The second and third were aftershocks, the first of 3.3 magnitude at 11:02 p.m., and of 3.2, at 12:01 a.m., in that region.

The fourth quake occurred at 7:24 a.m., a 3.7 magnitude, at 18.7 North latitude and 69.6 West longitude, 95 kilometers deep, in Monte Plata province (east).

The micro-quakes at Mao were catalogued as tremors, for which four events occurred from one day to the next, the UASD Seismology Institute said.

Go back | Date: 23 Mar 2010
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