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Magnitudes 5.2 and 4.6 Earthquakes Strike Near Dominica in One Week

  • Ernice Gilbert
  • January 15, 2020

Two relatively significant earthquakes have occurred near Dominica in just one week, according to the University of the West Indies' Seismic Research Center (S.R.C.). The earthquakes come at a time when Dominica continues to rebuild from Hurricane Maria, which ravaged the island commonwealth in 2017, and Tropical Storm Erika before it in 2015. There have been no reports of injury or damage from the quakes. Meanwhile, neighboring Puerto Rico is still being hit by earthquakes following the magnitude 6.4 that impacted the island last week Tuesday. And since 2:00 a.m. Tuesday, 15 earthquakes with recorded magnitudes of 2.1 to 4.6 struck just off the southern P.R. coast, according to the Puerto Rico Seismic Network, a project of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez.  According to the UWI Seismic Research Center, the magnitude 5.2 earthquake struck 23 km south-east of Roseau, Dominica on Jan. 8 at 10:01 a.m. S.R.C. did not issue a tsunami warning following the activity, and revealed ...