Dominican Republic’s south coast has “highly dangerous” seismic activity
Due to highly dangerous seismic activities Dominican Watchdog has started a cronologic watchlist for earthquakes in and around the Dominican Republic.
While earthquakes keep shaking the Japan area, other areas have rocked as well.
A 5.4-magnitude earthquake struck off the Dominican Republic just after 9:30 a.m. local time. The quake was 0.4 miles below the surface.
USGS first had it at a 5.0-magnitude quake, however Santo Domingo State University measured it at 5.3-magnitude.
This quake comes with a scare due to the fact the experts at Columbia University are warning this area to be hit with a 7.0-magnitude earthquake in the near future.
Wednesday morning’s earthquake was later upgraded to a 5.4-magnitude.
According to DominicanToday then the slight quake panicked mostly those who live or work in the taller buildings in Santo Domingo, but didn’t lead to evacuation in the Acropolis Center, whose 22 stories makes it one of the city’s highest.
DomincanToday.com – An oceanographic study supported by the Spanish Government revealed that an active deformation has developed along Dominican Republic’s south coast which degenerates into highly dangerous seismic upheavals and may even set off a tsunami.
Researchers of the Caribenorte project found that the so called “Megasplay de los Muertos,” located in the middle part of the slope the Deformed Muertos Trough, is similar to another in Nankai, Japan, which has spurred magnitude 8 earthquakes.
According to the oceanographers, “the Megasplay de los Muertos most probably caused the magnitude 8 earthquake in 1751 and the magnitude 6.7 in 1984,” the first of which caused destruction in southern Dominican Republic.
The scientific finding means that the country is vulnerable to the geological faults that cross it and because experts have stated that the northern zone as sensible and prone to quakes.
The US geophysicist Eric Calais said if he had to bet, the first earthquake would occur in the north part of the Dominican Republic and not in Haiti, in reference to the devastating tremor of January 12. “The research has shown that is a zone with active deformation, seismic danger and in certain way of tsunami… The one which poses a greater danger is the one that has been defined as the Megasplay de los Muertos,” says an extract of the study quoted by news source diariolibre.com
“The data available indicate that the Megasplay cuts the ocean floor and has produced large submerged movements, which implies that it is active,” the researchers said, adding that it is identifiable along 260 kilometers and is adjacent to another of lesser intensity located near San Pedro, and in their view both merit ongoing study.
According to the report, “Megasplays” or “Large, Out of Sequence Fault Plains,” have been described as highly dangerous seismic structures for tsunamis in places like Alaska, Colombia and Nankai.
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