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Monday, November 15, 2010

Moderate Earthquake Rattles Dominican Republic

A magnitude-5.5 earthquake shook the Dominican Republic early Saturday but caused no significant damage, the director of the Seismological Institute of the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, Eugenio Polanco, said.

The temblor occurred at 12:30 a.m. and its epicenter was south-southeast of Saona Island in the Caribbean Sea, at a depth of some 100 kilometers (62 miles).

The seismic movement was felt at numerous points in the eastern Dominican Republic, including Hig├╝ey, La Romana and San Pedro de Macoris, as well as in the capital, Santo Domingo.

“It was a fairly deep earthquake, as the ones in this area tend to be,” Polanco said, adding that in the country’s eastern region, quakes have “a pretty high frequency.”

The first information gathered by the Seismological Institute in collaboration with the civil defense agency and the emergency management office showed that there was no significant damage, the expert said.

Polanco warned that Dominicans should be prepared for temblors of this kind. “The Dominican Republic should be constantly on the alert, because the country has the right conditions for seismic movements like this and we never know when an earthquake will strike.”

Source: Latin American Herald Times

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