Earthquakes hit Dominican Republic, no damage reported

11:17, March 30, 2010      

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The Dominican Republic was rocked on Monday by two small earthquakes in about two hours, without report of damage or victims.

The first earthquake measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale occurred at 2:13 a.m. local time (0613 GMT) in the eastern area of the country with a depth of 59.6 km.

The tremor was also felt in Santo Domingo and Barahona, as well as in Port au Prince, Haiti's capital, and in the southeast of Miami, the United States.

The second earthquake with magnitude of 3.1 occurred at 4:14 a.m. local time (0814 GMT) in the eastern La Romana and Higuey cities with a depth of 112.9 km.

Last week, at least 14 earthquakes were recorded in different parts of the Dominican Republic without reports of damage or victims.

In addition, a 4.3-magnitude earthquake shocked the central Ecuadorian city of Banos de Agua Santa at 9:03 p.m. on Sunday (0203 GMT on Monday), some 114 km south of Quito.

According to the Ecuadorian Geophysics Institute of the National Polytechnics School, the earthquake was also felt in nearby Tungurahua Volcano whose activity is considered of low intensity.

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