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In Dominica Magnitude 5.8 quake strikes off island in Lesser Antilles

Although a magnitude 5.8 quake is capable of causing considerable damage, it was relatively deep.

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A magnitude 5.8 quake struck off the island of Dominica in the Caribbean Sea's Lesser Antilles archipelago on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake's epicenter was some 15 miles (24 km) west of the capital, Roseau, it said.

Although a magnitude 5.8 quake is capable of causing considerable damage, it was relatively deep, 91.8 miles (148 km) below the seabed, which would mitigate its impact.

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

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