Magnitude 5.8 earthquake strikes off Dominica island in Caribbean Sea

A magnitude-5.8 quake struck off the island of Dominica in the Caribbean Sea's Lesser Antilles archipelago on Tuesday, the United States Geological Survey said.
A magnitude-5.8 quake struck off the island of Dominica in the Caribbean Sea's Lesser Antilles archipelago on Tuesday, the United States Geological Survey said.PHOTO: USGS

ROSEAU (REUTERS) - A magnitude 5.8 quake struck off the island of Dominica in the Caribbean Sea's Lesser Antilles archipelago on Tuesday, the United States Geological Survey said.

The quake's epicentre was some 24km west of the capital, Roseau, it said.

Although a magnitude-5.8 quake is capable of causing considerable damage, it was relatively deep, 148km below the seabed, which would mitigate its impact.

Dominica is a sovereign island with a population of about 72,500 people.