More Earthquakes in January 2012

This is all the information I have collected that seemed important about the recent earthquakes/ temblors de tierra in the last few days.

32 km (20 miles) NW (312°) from Nagua, María Trinidad Sánchez, Dominican Republic
35 km (22 miles) NNE (31°) from San Francisco de Macorís, Duarte, Dominican Republic
37 km (23 miles) ENE (63°) from Salcedo, Salcedo, Dominican Republic
123 km (76 miles) N (354°) from SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic
1246 km (774 miles) ESE of Miami, Florida
depth of 7.4 km

Happened at 4:50 pm with its epicenter near Rio San Juan in the north of Dominican Republic. Lasting about 10 to 15 seconds. It is the second tremor registered this day in this county.

The Santo Domingo State University’s Seismologic Institute said the quake’s center was in the town of Gaspar Hernandez, on the Atlantic coast.

Some fishermen who were fishing ran for fear of a tsunami. The waters of the Laguna Gri-Gri (more information about the Gri-Gri Lagoon) in Rio San Juan area turned brown and black. This is the first time they say they ever saw this happening.

Much of the Republica Dominicana felt this terremoto de tierra but with less intensity. Many people are afraid about the number of earthquakes have occurred in recent days.

The quake caused the evacuation of the 23 story high Acropolis Center, the country’s tallest office building, in Santo Domingo. It also briefly shut down the Web sites of many major newspapers.

There are reports of cracks in nine homes, three schools and a fire station. The COE said the main effects occurred in the towns of Gaspar Hernández and María Trinidad Sánchez, where schools were cracked in Matilla Villa de Mejía and La Hoja. Some houses in the town of Río San Juan, the María Trinidad Sánchez province, and a fire station and and school in Buenos Aires in Cabrera reported little damage.

An on line newspaper of this area

Magnitude 4.5, 10:33:29 AM Tuesday January 24
2.8 km (1.7 miles) (poorly constrained)
37 km (22 miles) NNE of San Francisco de Macoris, D.R.
68 km (42 miles) ENE of Santiago, Dominican Republic
125 km (77 miles) N of SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic
1246 km (774 miles) ESE of Miami, Florida

(Another update as of today January 24, 2012. We have had two smaller quakes
*Magnitude 4.6 at 05:45:23 PM 36 km (22 miles) NNE of San Francisco de Macoris, D.R.
*Magnitude 4.2 at 06:15:24 PM 34 km (21 miles) NNE of San Francisco de Macoris, D.R.)

There have been three quakes above magnitude 5 that has been recorded in Dominican Republic this month. The first was January 5th in Palmar de Ocoa, with a magnitude of 5.2. Number 2 was 5 degrees on January 22 in the Eastern. Now we had a 5.4 on the 23rd near Rio San Juan. I am not including all the after shock smaller tremors that always follow or precede an earthquake.

The Columbia University researchers told to The Associated Press that Santiago, with more than one million people and the country’s second biggest city, is at risk of having a magnitude 8 earthquake, much stronger than the magnitude 7.0 that killed more than 200,000 Haitians in January last year. “The next event of this type will probably occur on the other side of the island (Hispaniola),” said the university’s Urban Design Lab director Richard Plunz, who led the investigation. “It could generate very serious damages in the long term.”

Some people say you need to get in the “Triangle of Life” / “Triangulo de Vida” others say you need to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On.” / “Agacharse, cubrirse y agarrarse” when an earthquake happens.
What the Dominican government says to do in case of an earthquake

More information about Earthquakes in Dominican Republic

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