Earthquakes in the Dominican Republic

In the Dominican Republic there are partly large earthquakes with strengths of more than 7.0, which cause damages within a radius of over 100 kilometers. Measured by the size of the country, earthquakes occur above average, but not excessively often.

8 people died since 1950 by direct consequences of earthquakes. 2 earthquakes also caused a subsequent tsunami, which claimed further lifes and damages.

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Earthquakes in the Dominican Republic since 1950

The strongest earthquake in the Dominican Republic happened on 05/31/1953 in the region Puerto Plata with a magnitude of 7.2 on the Richter scale. The earthquake also triggered a tsunami with further victims and destructions.
DateRegionTiefeMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
10/16/2003Moca, Santiago55 km4.50
09/22/2003Puerto Plata, Santiago36 km6.43
11/01/1989Mona Passage52 km4.40
11/03/1988Mona Passage (Catano)18 km5.70
06/24/1984Santo Domingo11 km6.75
06/11/1971Santo Domingo4 km6.10
05/31/1953Puerto Plata 7.20

These statistics are based on datas from the National Geophysical Data Center / World Data Service (NGDC/WDS): Significant Earthquake Database. . doi:10.7289/V5TD9V7K. Several data have been summarized and translated.