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5.3 quake rattles Dominican Republic

2012-01-05 14:05

Washington - A 5.3-magnitude quake rattled the Dominican Republic early Thursday, according to the US Geological Survey, but there were no immediate reports of damage in the Caribbean nation.

The epicentre of the medium-sized earthquake was 55 km west of the capital Santo Domingo, at a depth of 10km, the USGS said.

The Dominican Republic shares the island of Hispaniola with its much poorer neighbour Haiti, where a catastrophic earthquake in January 2010 levelled the capital and killed more than 225 000 people.