Magnitude 7.0 quake hits Haiti and shakes Dominican Republic – A powerful magnitude 7.0 quake struck Tuesday off the coast of Haiti, and it was felt in a wide part of the Dominican Republic, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but there was no immediate report of damage or casualties locally.

In Santo Domingo however local media reports that several ambulances and fire trucks are converging on Acropolis Center, one of Santo Domingo's tallest buildings, but no details are yet available.

The quake, which was very shallow at a depth of only 10 km, struck 16 km west of Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital, the USGS said.

A report out of the northern town Nagua affirms that it's the longest quake felt in recent history.

A major earthquake, of magnitude 7.0 or higher, is capable of causing widespread and heavy damage.

Go back | Date: 13 Jan 2010
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