AN EARTHQUAKE struck the Dominican Republic this morning with magnitude-5.2 strength, sending tourists and locals into a panic as hotels “shook” with the tremor.
Hotels within the earthquake's range reportedly shook at the height of the tremor.
The large quake was also felt in neighbouring Haiti, which was devastated by a catastrophic earthquake in 2010.
The catastrophic magnitude-7.0 earthquake struck on January 12, 2010, and was soon followed by two aftershocks of magnitudes 5.9 and 5.5.
More aftershocks occurred in the following days, as buildings disintegrated under the force of the quake, killing or trapping their occupants.
Officials placed the death toll at 222,570 people, though there was significant disagreement over the exact figure, and some estimated that nearly a hundred thousand more had perished.