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Earthquakes hit Dominican Republic

USGS reported that an earthquake struck the Dominican Republic region with a magnitude of 8.0. It was registered on last Friday at 01:38:55 a.m. (05:38:55 UTC) at the epicenter, which was located 102 km from Higüey, La Altagracia, Dominican Republic.

However, it was later reported as a magnitude 3.4 earthquake by the Puerto Rico Seismic Network. The report caused attention on massive news media at the moment, until the USGS reported it was 3.2.

The depth of the aftershock was located 89.8 km (55.8 miles), and no damage or injuries were reported. It has been reported as a Haiti aftershock. Read More…

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LA migrant workers remittances

Slumping economies in the United States, Spain and Japan are causing reverberations in the countries of Latin America as migrant workers send less money home.

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The Inter-American Development Bank reported that for the first time since they began tracking remittances in 2000, remittances to Latin America declined in the fourth quarter of 2008, dropping 2% relative to the fourth quarter of 2007.

In January, remittances declined further, with Colombia experiencing a 16% drop relative to 2008, Brazil suffering a 14% decline, Mexico 12%, and Guatemala and El Salvador each falling 8%.

These numbers come as 2008 saw an average 10% increase in remittances. Nearly US$70 billion was sent back to families in those areas in 2008. Read More…

Hurricane Gustav in Haiti and Dominican Republic [update6]

Hurricane Gustav is the seventh tropical cyclone and third hurricane of the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season. It formed on the morning of August 25, about 260 miles (415 km) southeast of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and rapidly strengthened into a tropical storm that afternoon and into a hurricane early on August 26. Later that day it made landfall near the Haitian town of Jacmel.

85deaths have been blamed on Gustav.

In Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere, the government ordered emergency shelters to prepare. The country, which occupies the western half of the island of Hispaniola, is particularly vulnerable to floods and landslides as rainfall runs off its largely deforested mountains. Read More…