Strong earthquake just off the coast of the Dominican Republic - February 4, 2019

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Update 14:04 UTC:  Shaking map with possible related damage from the natural disaster specialists at CATnews (Risklayer - CEDIM), Karlsruhe, Germany. Map generated by Andreas Schäfer.

Update 14:00 UTC:  Based on the present earthquake parameters (Magnitude, Depth, Population, etc) and our experience with earthquake damage impact, does expect at least some slight damage like cracks in walls, fallen tiles, etc.

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 5.1

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2019-02-04 14:33:45

Depth (Hypocenter) : 66 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Boca De Yuma, Dominican Republic Feb 04 14:33 5.3 74 MAP
EMSC Dominican Republic Region Feb 04 14:33 5.3 66 MAP
USGS Boca De Yuma, Dominican Republic Feb 04 14:33 5.1 63 MAP
GEOFON Mona Passage Feb 04 14:33 5.1 66 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Las Terrenas - Movement seemed amples ans soft. Lasted about 10 seconds.
  • Cotui - No damage. Shaking lasted 15 seconds. Monitors on desk were rocking back and forth. I was moving in my chair.
  • Punta cana - Felt two 3 second shaking
  • Punta cana - Felt two 3 second shaking
  • Romana - Moderate shaking
  • San pedro de Macoris - Moderate shaking
  • Bayahibe - 5 sec
  • Punta Cana - It lasted about 5 seconds. The entire 4 story building shook.The couch moved, entertainment center and TV moved.
  • Santo Domingo Este - I felt it for like about 3-4 seconds around 10:28am
  • Punta cana - Scary for me. It shook twice about 3 section nds each.
  • Santo Domingo - Light shaking
  • Punta cana - 10 seconds, like a washing machine shaking next door!10:30 ish today
  • Punta Cana - Geen schade
  • Punta Cana - About 15 seconds. Not everyone felt it.
  • Punta Cana - My husband thought he imagined it but then everyone sitting outside the resort started asking if the ground just shook.
  • Santo Domingo - Felt on 10th story of Tower. People on ground did not feel it.
  • Bavaro - Moderate shaking
  • Punta cana - 10 sec
  • Punta Cana - Hotel building swaying
  • Santo Domingo - Shaking lasted about 3 seconds. Desk, monitors, items on desk were swaying. No visible damage.
  • Punta Cana - Sitting first floor hotel room. 2 x low level shakes. No damage or fears.
  • Las Terrenaz - +ou- 7sec pas de dégâts mais bien ressenti
  • LaRomana - Windows shook. About 2 seconds
  • Santiago - Light shaking
  • Punta Cana - About 3 seconds of shaking
  • santo domingo - light shaking on 2 story building!!
  • Punta Cana - Weak shaking
  • Bavaro - Zadrzal dach z trzciny. Siedziałam na krześle na balkonie i zaczęło mną trząść kilka razy. Paw głośno ujadał przez cały czas.
  • Cap cana - 20 seconds
  • Punta cana, bavaro beach - No damage. My chair swayed back and forth and the glass sliding doors for about 6 seconds
  • La Romana - About 3 seconds of feeling like you're sitting on an air cushion. iMac has cracked slightly, the dog was barking and the cats looked at me in wonder. No harm.
  • Cabarete - Was sitting in a lounge chair and briefly felt like someone was shaking the bottom of my chair off and on. Sat up and looked around.
  • Juan Dolio - No Damage. 8th floor ocean front building. Table and floor shaking. TV attached to wall vibrating. 10 seconds or more. Longer than I would have expected.
  • Punta Cana - Not long awake then all of a sudden my bed was going back and forwards, at first I thought I was imagining it but it continued and got slightly stronger.
  • santo domingo oeste - 5 or 6 seconds
  • Punts cana - 2 seconds. The building shook
  • Punta Cana - 02-04-2019 10:33 am. I felt the shaking for 3 or 4 seconds. I felt the movement in my office, sitting on a chair. The table and the computer screen moved. No damage.
  • Santo domingo - About 5 seconds. 4 storey building, no known damage.
  • Punta Cana - In a three story concrete building, on second floor, felt building shake, maybe three seconds. First time experience was unsure what it was until checking this website.
  • Haina - I felt it twice today.
  • Miami - Very weak shaking
  • Punta cana - +- 15 seconden matig schudden. Wakker geworden
  • USGS Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Feb 04 04:09 2.6 65 MAP

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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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