A tourist vacation home in the Dominican Republic collapsed on Thursday, killing at least four people and injuring nine others, the country’s national disaster agency said.
The quake, the second to hit the resort in three weeks, occurred about 12:40 p.m. local time (11:40 a.m., EST) near La Serena villas in the village of Villa Duchesni.
It was a powerful tremor, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
“There were four deaths and six injured, the National Disaster Agency said in a statement.
The death toll from the quake was listed at eight, with 10 injured.
Two others were hospitalized, and the others were treated and released, the agency said in the statement.
A building that housed a restaurant and a cinema was also damaged.
The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said the U-2 surveillance plane had flown over the site and was assessing damage. “
We’re extremely grateful that the people have taken to the streets to show their support and that the hotel has been reopened,” said Angelica Ferreira, a local resident.
The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said the U-2 surveillance plane had flown over the site and was assessing damage.
A government official in the city of Montevideo, which is about 1,300 miles (1,900 kilometers) south of Monte Serena, said there were no reports of damage or casualties.
The area is also home to some of the poorest communities in the country, where poverty is a major issue.
“People here are extremely poor, but they are trying to make a better life,” said Jose Antonio Guzman, who works in Monte Serene.
“They need a safe place to stay.”
The U-1 was also monitoring the earthquake and has recorded two similar earthquakes in the past three weeks.
“I believe that there will be more tremors in the future,” Guzman said.
A U.B.I. team arrived in the resort Thursday and was looking for people who may have been injured, said María Luis Motta, the head of the UBIS disaster response team in Monteverde.
The Associated Press reported that three other people were hospitalized and two of them were in critical condition.
A local fire department official told AP that there were “some structural damage to the structure,” but the cause was not immediately known.
The resort’s website said the building was undergoing renovations and that it was “still under the control of the residents.”
Authorities said the cause of the collapse was under investigation.