Dominican Republic has “highly dangerous” seismic activity - Devastating earthquake expected but response agency NOT ready!!

Feb 12, 2012 - BREAKING NEWS / Not ready for MEGA QUAKE!!

We’re not ready for a major quake, first responders’ agency warns!!

DominicanToday.com - Emergency Operations Center (COE) director Juan Manuel Mendez warned Thursday that the Dominican population isn’t prepared to deal with major earthquakes and it’s up to the Government to ready prepare it, because that implies hundreds of millions of pesos his agency doesn’t have.

He said COE doesn’t have funds to deal with such an importance issue in the event of an earthquake, and that it never had a budget assigned in its first six years. “Since last year the Presidency assigns us RD$1 million per month, of which we allocated more than 200,000 to pay personnel and nearly 700,000 for operating expenses.”

Méndez said COE has plans and guidelines to respond to an earthquake but isn’t able to massively instruct the population.

The official added that despite the meager funds the agency has built a reputation of credibility and respect among the population, which to a large extent attributer to the media’s contribution.

 

US scientists, Dominican Republic entering period of powerful quakes

     

BREAKING NEWS: The study says Haiti’s 7.0-magnitude earthquake two years ago is likely to be the first of several quakes of a similarly powerful magnitude in Dom Rep. “The 2010 Haiti earthquake may mark the beginning of a new cycle of large earthquakes on the Enriquillo fault system after 240 years of seismic quiescence,” lead author William Bakun of the U.S. Geological Survey......

 

 

TRAVEL WARNING: Dom Rep to take prevention measures on frequent tremors

     

Now Dom Rep prepare for MEGA QUAKE! The widespread jitters caused  by the now frequent tremors in the country since January five have prompted the public safety agencies, coordinated by the Emergency Operations Center (COE), to issue prevention measures on Tuesday....... TRAVEL WARNING - A devastating earthquake is expected......

 

 

JAN 24, 2012 - TRAVEL WARNING: 3rd earthquake in 3 weeks, larger one expected

     

A 5.1 magnitude tremor shakes Dominican Republic Monday JAN 23, 2012.

The third tremor in as many weeks has shaken many parts of the Dominican Republic, no reports of damages or injuries thus far even it was felt from Haiti to Puerto Rico

 

 

JAN 05, 2012 - Earthquake 5.3 rattled the entire Dominican Republic

A moderate tremor of 5.3 magnitude has rattled the entire Dominican Republic

, at around 5:32am local time, whose epicenter was located 17 kilometers south-southeast of the city of San Jose de Ocoa, at a depth of 10 kilometers.

The tremor shook doors and windows for around 30 seconds, startling people to scurry out of bed....... Much larger earthquake expected.....!!!

 

 

 Earlier stories about the large earthquake expected to destory large parts of Dominican Republic when it hits!

 

MAY 10, 2011 - Due to highly dangerous seismic activities Dominican Watchdog has started a cronologic watchlist for earthquakes in and around the Dominican Republic. 

 

DomincanToday.com - An oceanographic study supported by the Spanish Government revealed that an active deformation has developed along Dominican Republic’s south coast which degenerates into highly dangerous seismic upheavals and may even set off a tsunami.

Researchers of the Caribenorte project found that the so called "Megasplay de los Muertos," located in the middle part of the slope  the Deformed Muertos Trough, is similar to another in Nankai, Japan, which has spurred magnitude 8 earthquakes.

According to the oceanographers, "the Megasplay de los Muertos most probably caused the magnitude 8 earthquake in 1751 and the magnitude 6.7 in 1984," the first of which caused destruction in southern Dominican Republic.

The scientific finding means that the country is vulnerable to the geological faults that cross it and because experts have stated that the northern zone as sensible and prone to quakes.

The US geophysicist Eric Calais said if he had to bet, the first earthquake would occur in the north part of the Dominican Republic and not in Haiti, in reference to the devastating tremor of January 12. “The research has shown that is a zone with active deformation, seismic danger and in certain way of tsunami… The one which poses a greater danger is the one that has been defined as the Megasplay de los Muertos," says an extract of the study quoted by news source diariolibre.com

“The data available indicate that the Megasplay cuts the ocean floor and has produced large submerged movements, which implies that it is active," the researchers said, adding that it is identifiable along 260 kilometers and is adjacent to another of lesser intensity located near San Pedro, and in their view both merit ongoing study.

According to the report, "Megasplays" or "Large, Out of Sequence Fault Plains," have been described as highly dangerous seismic structures for tsunamis in places like Alaska, Colombia and Nankai.

 

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Cronologic watchlist 10 earthquakes in 5 days:

 

Magnitude 3.3 - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC REGION

2010 August 11 17:48:45 UTC

Earthquake Details

  • This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
Magnitude 3.3
Date-Time
Location 18.092°N, 68.835°W
Depth 64.1 km (39.8 miles)
Region DOMINICAN REPUBLIC REGION
Distances 40 km (25 miles) SSE of La Romana, Dominican Republic
125 km (80 miles) ESE of SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic
180 km (110 miles) W of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
290 km (180 miles) W of SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 6.9 km (4.3 miles); depth +/- 12.4 km (7.7 miles)
Parameters NST=015, Nph=015, Dmin=95.8 km, Rmss=0.85 sec, Gp=198°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=0
Source
Event ID pr10223001

 

 

Magnitude 3.3 - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC REGION

2010 August 12 10:58:44 UTC

Earthquake Details

  • This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
Magnitude 3.3
Date-Time
Location 19.241°N, 68.351°W
Depth 89.2 km (55.4 miles)
Region DOMINICAN REPUBLIC REGION
Distances 110 km (65 miles) NE of La Romana, Dominican Republic
170 km (105 miles) NW of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
185 km (115 miles) ENE of SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic
250 km (155 miles) WNW of SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 5.2 km (3.2 miles); depth +/- 5.1 km (3.2 miles)
Parameters NST= 10, Nph= 10, Dmin=97.1 km, Rmss=0.5 sec, Gp=209°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=0
Source
Event ID pr10224002

 

 

Magnitude 3.4 - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC REGION

2010 August 13 01:00:16 UTC

Earthquake Details

  • This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
Magnitude 3.4
Date-Time
Location 18.780°N, 67.812°W
Depth 3 km (1.9 miles)
Region DOMINICAN REPUBLIC REGION
Distances 95 km (60 miles) NW of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
120 km (75 miles) WNW of Arecibo, Puerto Rico
180 km (110 miles) W of SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico
230 km (140 miles) E of SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 1.6 km (1.0 miles); depth +/- 1.5 km (0.9 miles)
Parameters NST= 14, Nph= 14, Dmin=56.2 km, Rmss=0.3 sec, Gp=169°,
M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=0
Source
Event ID pr10225000

 

Magnitude 2.6 - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC REGION

2010 August 13 04:19:36 UTC

Earthquake Details

  • This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
Magnitude 2.6
Date-Time
Location 18.843°N, 67.761°W
Depth 6.6 km (4.1 miles)
Region DOMINICAN REPUBLIC REGION
Distances 95 km (60 miles) NW of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
120 km (75 miles) WNW of Arecibo, Puerto Rico
175 km (110 miles) WNW of SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico
235 km (145 miles) E of SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 2.9 km (1.8 miles); depth +/- 4.6 km (2.9 miles)
Parameters NST= 8, Nph= 8, Dmin=58.9 km, Rmss=0.36 sec, Gp=191°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=0
Source
Event ID pr10225001

 

Magnitude 2.8 - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC REGION

2010 August 14 01:37:29 UTC

Earthquake Details

  • This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
Magnitude 2.8
Date-Time
Location 18.847°N, 67.820°W
Depth 8 km (5.0 miles)
Region DOMINICAN REPUBLIC REGION
Distances 100 km (60 miles) NW of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
125 km (75 miles) WNW of Arecibo, Puerto Rico
180 km (115 miles) WNW of SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico
230 km (140 miles) E of SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 8.3 km (5.2 miles); depth +/- 4.7 km (2.9 miles)
Parameters NST= 10, Nph= 10, Dmin=62.7 km, Rmss=1.24 sec, Gp=184°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=0
Source
Event ID pr10226000

 

 

Magnitude 3.1 - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC REGION

2010 August 14 01:47:07 UTC

Earthquake Details

  • This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
Magnitude 3.1
Date-Time
Location 18.774°N, 67.832°W
Depth 46.5 km (28.9 miles)
Region DOMINICAN REPUBLIC REGION
Distances 95 km (60 miles) NW of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
125 km (75 miles) WNW of Arecibo, Puerto Rico
180 km (115 miles) W of SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico
225 km (140 miles) E of SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 2.9 km (1.8 miles); depth +/- 4.8 km (3.0 miles)
Parameters NST=014, Nph=014, Dmin=57 km, Rmss=0.38 sec, Gp=180°,
M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=0
Source
Event ID pr10226001

 

 

Magnitude 2.7 - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC REGION

2010 August 14 09:30:22 UTC

Earthquake Details

  • This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
Magnitude 2.7
Date-Time
Location 19.265°N, 68.037°W
Depth 86.9 km (54.0 miles)
Region DOMINICAN REPUBLIC REGION
Distances 130 km (80 miles) NE of La Romana, Dominican Republic
150 km (90 miles) NW of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
220 km (135 miles) ENE of SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic
220 km (135 miles) WNW of SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 5.4 km (3.4 miles); depth +/- 4.8 km (3.0 miles)
Parameters NST= 5, Nph= 5, Dmin=130.3 km, Rmss=0.34 sec, Gp=220°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=0
Source
Event ID pr10226004

 

 

Magnitude 2.9 - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC REGION

2010 August 14 11:20:32 UTC

Earthquake Details

  • This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
Magnitude 2.9
Date-Time
Location 18.847°N, 67.797°W
Depth 5 km (3.1 miles)
Region DOMINICAN REPUBLIC REGION
Distances 100 km (60 miles) NW of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
120 km (75 miles) WNW of Arecibo, Puerto Rico
180 km (110 miles) WNW of SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico
230 km (145 miles) E of SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0 km (0.0 miles); depth +/- 0.9 km (0.6 miles)
Parameters NST= 13, Nph= 13, Dmin=61.2 km, Rmss=0.28 sec, Gp=187°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=0
Source
Event ID pr10226006

 

 

Magnitude 3.0 - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC REGION

2010 August 14 21:15:28 UTC

Earthquake Details

  • This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
Magnitude 3.0
Date-Time
Location 18.848°N, 67.781°W
Depth 7 km (4.3 miles)
Region DOMINICAN REPUBLIC REGION
Distances 95 km (60 miles) NW of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
120 km (75 miles) WNW of Arecibo, Puerto Rico
180 km (110 miles) WNW of SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico
230 km (145 miles) E of SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 1.8 km (1.1 miles); depth +/- 2.1 km (1.3 miles)
Parameters NST= 13, Nph= 13, Dmin=60.4 km, Rmss=0.56 sec, Gp=173°,
M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=1
Source
Event ID pr10226007

 

 

Magnitude 2.9 - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC REGION

2010 August 14 22:46:31 UTC

Earthquake Details

  • This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
Magnitude 2.9
Date-Time
Location 18.866°N, 67.749°W
Depth 5 km (3.1 miles)
Region DOMINICAN REPUBLIC REGION
Distances
  • 78 km (49 miles) NW (318°) from Rinc�n, PR
  • 79 km (49 miles) NW (308°) from Aguadilla, PR
  • 80 km (50 miles) NW (306°) from Cab�n, PR
  • 137 km (85 miles) ENE (69°) from La Romana, La Romana, Dominican Republic
  • 175 km (109 miles) WNW (284°) from SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 1.3 km (0.8 miles); depth +/- 1 km (0.6 miles)
Parameters NST= 12, Nph= 12, Dmin=60.5 km, Rmss=0.25 sec, Gp=187°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=0
Source
Event ID pr10226011

 

 

 

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