10:33AM: Moderate M5.3 Earthquake SE of Dominican Republic, No Tsunami Threat.

At 10:33AM Monday 4th February 2019, a magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck at a moderate depth of 79.0 kilometers, 17 km SE of Boca de Yuma, Dominican Republic and 53 km NNE of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

This earthquake was widely felt across the Dominican Republic and Western Puerto Rico, with shaking lasting 10-15 seconds, generally with light to moderate shaking of MMI IV to V.

Felt reports complied by the EMSC

No injuries or damages has been reported from this quake. Based on the magnitude and depth, it is unlikely for damages to occur.

Conceptual tectonic cross sections across the North American-Caribbean plate boundary in Eastern Hispanola (Credit: Roy Barkan and Uri S. ten Brink)

Based on the depth of this earthquake, it likely occurred within the subducting slab of the Caribbean plate, within the Muertos thrust system.

A tsunami information statement was issued by the U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center for U.S. territories at 10:38AM stating that there was no tsunami threat.

Excerpt from the Tsunami Information Statement issued by the U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

Research has shown that this area, southeast of the Dominican Republic is capable of generating earthquakes between magnitudes 7.0 and 8.0, with the possibility of generating a regional tsunami.

Now is the time to create or go over your earthquake preparedness plan and know what to do during, before and after an earthquake. See here for more details: https://www.ready.gov/earthquakes

This earthquake has been reviewed by analysts from the United States Geological Survey, as is considered final.

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