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1,000 quakes a year in DR

Recent conversations in the DR1 Forums are focusing on the possibility of a major earthquake in the Dominican Republic, especially in light of the recent seismic activities that occurred in Mexico.

On Tuesday, 3 October 2017, the El Dia newspaper published a short article that reported that at least 1,000 earthquakes a year, on average, are detected in the Dominican Republic. Of course they are of different magnitudes, some of which are felt and some of which go unnoticed by the population. These slight tremors are only picked up by the machines at the Seismological Center in the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD).

According to the UASD Seismological Institute, in 2016 there were 990 events with magnitudes varying between 2.0 and 5.0 on the Richter scale. So far this year there have been over 600 events according to the official registry. The Institute, which works 24/7/365, measures as many as five incidents during one day.

Eugenio Polanco Rivera, the director of the Institute, explained that on a normal day at the Institute, between two and three seismic events are registered, and when there is what they call a “swarm” as many as five events are recorded. Nevertheless, these numbers show us as a country with very reduced seismic activities in comparison with others in Central America such as El Salvador or Chile in South America where official statistics might reach 1,000 quakes in just a few months.

“Seismic activity in the Dominican Republic is relatively low,” said Polanco Rivera. Regardless, the director ended his interview by encouraging people to take preventive measures to avoid major damage during such an event if it should occur.

Source: DR1, Eldia

Oct 5, 2017

Category: DR News |

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