Magnitude 5.8 earthquake strikes off Dominica island in Lesser Antilles

A magnitude 5.8 quake struck off the island of Dominica in the Caribbean Sea's Lesser Antilles archipelago on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey said

By: Reuters | Published:October 19, 2016 4:21 am
eq-759 Earthquake in dominica 2016 (Source: Google)

A magnitude 5.8 quake struck off the island of Dominica in the Caribbean Sea’s Lesser Antilles archipelago on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey said.

The quake’s epicenter was some 15 miles (24 km) west of the capital, Roseau, it said. Although a magnitude 5.8 quake is capable of causing considerable damage, it was relatively deep, 91.8 miles (148 km) below the seabed, which would mitigate its impact. Dominica is a sovereign island with a population of about 72,500 people.