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Earthquake emergency drill on 20 October 2021

A strong earthquake could happen any day in the Dominican Republic. Two important faults run through the country.

An earthquake emergency drill is scheduled for 10am on Wednesday, 20 October 2021, with events primarily in Santiago. The director of the COE, Juan Manuel Mendez says the drill will also include an alert for tsunami.

Santiago, the second-largest Dominican city, is located on a major Caribbean earthquake fault. The last major earthquake was in 1946 and measured 8.1, followed by a 7.6 magnitude aftershock.

In 2003, a 6.4 earthquake affected Santiago and Puerto Plata in the north of the country.

The Center for Emergency Operations (COE) emergency drill is regularly held every year, but was not held in 2020 due to the pandemic. People can register for an active participation in the Simulacro Nacional de Evacuacion by filling out theform on the coe.gob.do website.

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13 October 2021