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06 Mar 2020 | 09:22 AM UTC

Dominican Republic: 4.8-magnitude earthquake strikes southeast of La Romana March 6

4.8-magnitude earthquake strikes southeast of La Romana March 6; aftershocks possible over the near term

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Event

The US Geological Survey (USGS) recorded a 4.8-magnitude earthquake 82 km (51 mi) southeast of La Romana at approximately 07:40 (local time) on Friday, March 6. The quake struck at a depth of 78 km (48 mi) and there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

Aftershocks are possible in the affected areas over the coming hours and days.  

Advice

Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor the situation and prepare for potential aftershocks.

In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), move away from windows, and not attempt to leave a building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.