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Quake hits Dominican Republic

05 January 2012, 15:03

Washington - A magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck the Dominican Republic on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, but there were no immediate damage reports.

The quake was centered 10 miles (16 km) south-southeast of Ocoa, Peravia, in the Caribbean country and struck at a depth of 6.2 miles (10 km), the USGS said.

Earlier in January 2010, a magnitude 7 earthquake killed more than 316,000 people and devastated Port-au-Prince, capital of Haiti, which shares the Caribbean island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic.

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