5.0 earthquake hits eastern Dominican Republic

SANTO DOMINGO | January 19, 2012

Just before dawn Thursday a magnitude 5.0 earthquake rattled the eastern Dominican Republican the U.S. Geological Survey says had a depth of 86.7 km. In a Huffington Post report the earthquake resulted in cracks in several buildings, mostly in houses, but there were no injuries or evacuations.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake’s epicenter was in San Jose de Ocoa province, 55 kilometers west of Santo Domingo, the nation’s capital, which shares the Caribbean island of Hispaniola with Haiti. Apparently the quake was felt as far away as Puerto Rico and even at the pre-dawn hour of approximately 2:30 a.m. sent several into the streets for fear of a Haitian repeat.

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