Quake rattles Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico

AP News
Posted: May 28, 2014 6:53 PM

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck in the waters between the Dominican Republic and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico on Wednesday, shaking buildings in both places. There were no reports of injuries or damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake occurred about 30 miles (49 kilometers) south of the popular Dominican tourist town of Punta Cana at a depth of 57 miles (91 kilometers).

Authorities in the capital of Santo Domingo evacuated several buildings as a precaution.

"It was pretty strong," said Marina Brugal, a 32-year-old graphic designer who works on a sixth floor. "At first, it was only a vibration, but then everything began to shake and the windows began to move."

The Caribbean region experiences small earthquakes daily that people do not feel, although earthquakes of greater magnitude sometimes occur.

This year, a magnitude-5.0 quake hit near St. Kitts in April, while a 6.5-magnitude tremor struck near Barbados in February. A 6.4-magnitude quake jolted Puerto Rico in January.

None of those earthquakes caused any injuries or significant damage.