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‘Light Magnitude’ Earthquake Strikes Off Coast of Dominican Republic

SANTO DOMINGO — A “light magnitude” earthquake struck about 40 miles off the northeastern coast of the Dominican Republic just after noon on Wednesday.

The quake registered 4.3 on the Richter Scale and occurred at a depth of about 7.45 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The USGS said the earthquake happened at 12:42 p.m. on Wednesday.

It put the quake’s epicenter at latitude 19.49 degrees North and longitude 68.06 West.

The Volcano Discovery website said the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico were affected by the earthquake.

The nearest volcano to the epicenter is on Saba about 332 miles from where the episode happened.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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