Earthquake hits Dominican Republic

Story highlights

  • The earthquake strikes almost exactly two years after Haiti was devastated
  • There are no immediate reports of damage, an emergency official says
An earthquake hit the Dominican Republic Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, almost exactly two years to the day after a massive quake devastated the neighboring nation of Haiti.
The 5.3 quake was centered in the south of the country, about 170 miles (270 km) east of the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, the USGS said.
General Juan Manuel Mendez of the Dominican Republic Emergency Operations Center said there were no reports of damage yet, but added: "We will be checking once it is daylight."