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A 4.4-magnitude earthquake struck Southeast of Higuey, Dominican Republic.

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Moments ago, USGS reported a 4.4-magnitude earthquake that struck the Caribbean Sea, 59 km southeast of Higuey, Dominican Republic at a depth of 87km, 5:23am local time. The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) reported the quake also at 4.4-magnitude.

The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the earthquake might be revised in the next few hours as seismologists review their data. Based on preliminary data it is believed that the earthquake did not cause any significant damage.

Several towns or cities might have felt a weak shaking. These include Boca de Yuma (pop: 1,990) located 31km away from the epicenter, Punta Cana (pop: 100,000) 52km away and  Higuey (pop: 123,800) 59km away and Santo Domingo (pop: 2,201,900) 165km away from epicenter.

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