A geologist at Dominica’s Office of Disaster Management, Tessa Deroche, said it is unlikely that last Tuesday’s devastating earthquake in Haiti’s capital could trigger a similar situation in Dominica.
Residents of the north and Dominicans at large have been expressing concerns about Haiti’s earthquake and its implications for Dominica.
“It doesn’t exactly work like that,” Deroche commented.
“Not because it happened in Haiti, it means it’s going to happen to us. I know it’s very close to home and we have never experienced anything like this in recent history. One of the things we need to take into consideration is that Haiti has poor building structures,” she said.
According to Deroche, Dominica’s structures are much stronger.
“It’s not that we have great building codes, but our structures are much stronger…for now we shouldn’t stop living because it just happened in Haiti and think it’s going to happen to us today or tomorrow,” she added.