Dominica Experiences 6.0 Earthquake

November 23, 2004
Dominica, one of the southern Caribbean's most exotic eco-destinations, experienced an earthquake Sunday that registered a mighty 6.0 on the Richter Scale. Despite the intensity, however, the island reports little damage (and none affecting tourists) and says it's back to business as usual. Most affected was the town of Portsmouth, which lies on the island's north side, and its Roman Catholic Church, Methodist Church and hospital. There was little to no damage in the capital city of Roseau, where cruise ships dock.

This means ports of call have not been seriously impacted. Holland America's Volendam was actually in port that day -- and the ship's captain reported to Cruise Critic that he'd felt a strange vibration while piloting the ship into port and, having no record of a problem with the ship, simply reduced speed. He learned of the earthquake upon arrival. According to HAL, the only major effect on that day's port of call was the cancellation of some shore excursions -- though that was just as much because of torrential rains that had impacted the island over the past few days as it was by the earthquake. German-based AIDAvita called there yesterday.

The earthquake was also felt in Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat, St. Kitts/Nevis, Saint Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.