TRAVEL WARNING: 3rd earthquake in 3 weeks, larger one expected
The third tremor in as many weeks has shaken many parts of the Dominican Republic, no reports of damages or injuries thus far.


The US Geodetic Survey reports the quake's epicenter at 123 kilometers (76 miles) North of Santo Domingo, at a depth at 7.4 km (4.6 miles).

The  latest tremor was felt only for a few seconds at 5:01pm in the country's capital, prompting the evacuation of the 23 story high Acropolis Center, the country's tallest office building. It also briefly shut down the Web sites of major newspapers.

The Santo Domingo State University’s Seismologic Institute said the quake’s center was in the town of Gaspar Hernandez, on the Atlantic coast.

According to Yahoo News it was felt all the way to Puerto Rico:

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — A moderate earthquake struck Monday in the northern Dominican Republic but there were no reports of damage or injuries.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 5.1. The epicenter was in the coastal town of Rio San Juan, about 155 miles (250 kilometers) north of the capital and 22 miles (35 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco de Macoris.

A seismology institute at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo said its equipment recorded a magnitude of 5.4.

Juan Manuel Mendez, director of the country's Emergency Operations Center, said emergency workers had fanned out in communities along the northern coast to check for damage or injuries but had so far found none.

Tremors were felt as far away as Cap Haitien in northern Haiti and along the west coast of Puerto Rico.


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Details of earthquake:

From the US Geodetic Survey:


2012 January 23 20:50:14 UTC

Versión en Español

DetailsSummaryMapsScientific & TechnicalTsunami Earthquake Details

This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.

Magnitude 5.1

Date-Time Monday, January 23, 2012 at 20:50:14 UTC

Monday, January 23, 2012 at 04:50:14 PM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones


Location 19.572°N, 70.073°W

Depth 7.4 km (4.6 miles)


Distances 35 km (21 miles) NNE of San Francisco de Macoris, D.R.

67 km (41 miles) ENE of Santiago, Dominican Republic

123 km (76 miles) N of SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic

1246 km (774 miles) ESE of Miami, Florida


Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 10.6 km (6.6 miles); depth +/- 5.3 km (3.3 miles)

Parameters NST=363, Nph=370, Dmin=123.6 km, Rmss=0.9 sec, Gp= 22°,

M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=5

Source Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)

Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)


Event ID usc0007qks 

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