The quake was a 6 on the Richter scale and there were five aftershocks
SANTO DOMINGO. The Seismological Institute at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD) reported that the earthquake that was felt over a large part of the country yesterday was a 6 on the Richter scal4 and that the epicenter was located in the Mona Passage some 18 kilometer east of Punta Cana.
As of yesterday night there were no reports of material damages or human injuries, according to the Center for Emergency Operations (COE), which called for calm.
In a preliminary report the COE said, moreover, that the earthquake was felt in the provinces of La Altagracia, El Seibo, Hato Mayor, La Romana, San Pedro de Macoris and in Greater Santo Domingo.
In its first reports on the webpage of the United States Geological Survey it was reported as a 5.3 quake and this was later revised upwards to a 5.8 earthquake on the Richter scale. (The USGS located the quake and the aftershocks between 38 and 52 kilometers Southeast of Boca de Yuma).
Interviewed by telephone, Andres Moreta, from the Seismology Department at the UASD, reported that the epicenter of the quake was located at 18.5 North and 68.2 West.
The report from the Spanish news agency EFE indicated that the earthquake was also felt in the metropolitan area of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Five aftershocks yesterday
Five aftershocks have been registered from the 6.0 degree earthquake that occurred yesterday near the province of La Altagracia and which was felt in a large part of the country.
The geological shifts were two of 3.6 and another of 3.3, one of 3.4 and 3.0, according to Andres Moreta, the analyst of seismic data at the National Seismological Center (formerly the Seismological Institute at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo).
The 6.0 degree earthquake came at 5:15 yesterday afternoon, in the Mona Passage and 31 kilometers from Boca de Yuma in La Altagracia, but no damages were reported.
Moreta sai that some 20 minutes later there was a 3.6 degree aftershock at latitude 17.93 and longitude 68.35, some 46 kilometers to the southeast of Mano Juan, on the island of Saona, with the epicenter n the Caribbean Sea and 77 kilometers deep.
The second aftershock came at 6:29 in the afternoon, at 3.3 degrees and 42 kilometers to the southeast of Punta Cana, also with the epicenter in the Mona Passage and 100 kilometers deep.
The third aftershock came at 6:58 p.m., 3.0 degrees and with the epicenter in the Atlantic Ocean and 32 kilometers to the northeast of Las Terrenas. Another of the seismic events was at 7:43 in the evening, at 3.4 degrees on the Richter scale and to the southeast of Mano Juan in the Caribbean Sea, at a depth of 90 kilometers.
At 9:12 at night there was another aftershock of 3.6 degrees in the Caribbean Sea and 40 kilometers from Mano Juan. This was at a depth of 95 kilometers.
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