-Earthquake Risk: 2,084,852(population)/135km (distance of
the septentrional fault)=15443
- The risk is 1,5443 people per kilometer.
• In Santo Domingo there is approximately 1 fire
station every 9 square km.
• There is approximately 1 hospital every 8
• There is approximately 1 police
station every 10 square km.
construction in the
city of Santo
Domingo has highly
impacted the cities
Here we have
provided some steps
take to increase
The Septentrional fault zone (SFZ) is the major
North American-Caribbean plate boundary fault
at the longitude of the eastern Hispaniola.
Three excavations have been made, two near
Tenares, and one at the Rio Licey site. These
excavations gave evidence for the occurrence of
earlier prehistoric earthquakes.
Dates with the these events suggest that it
occurred post-A.D. 30, giving a recurrence
interval of 800–1200 years. These studies indicate
that the SFZ has likely accumulated elastic strain
sufficient to form a major earthquake during the
more than 800 years since it lasthappenedand
should be considered likely to produce a
destructive future earthquake in the city of Santo
Is the city of Santo
Domingo really ready for
a major earthquake to
Are we safe?!
• The answer is NO!
Our survey results show that40%of the Dominicans we surveyed
don’t know what to do during an earthquake and that 98% of
them have never participated in an earthquake drill. Many
Dominicans think their house is constructed to survive an
earthquake, but that is not true because the building codes in
the DR are out of date.
Most houses in the Dominican Republic are not made to
“The Code is indeed a very outdated document. The
need for a modern Code is evident. It is expected
that the work currently in progress will fulfill this
acute need within a short period of time.” - Jorge
The building codes in this country are definitely not
ready for an earthquake.
We should take examples from
more developed countries to
improve our earthquake safety!
For example: Taipei, Taiwan, Seattle,
Vancouver, and San Francisco.
In San Francisco they
In Taipei they have buildings that are recommend an emergency
specifically engineered to prevent swaying plan in every house,
when an earthquake occurs like Taipei 101. especially for children.
Let’s do something
about this now and
make Santo Domingo a
safer place to live!