NEW YORK (AP) An earthquake in the Dominican Republic has killed more than 50 people, and authorities say at least 17 have died.
A powerful tremor centered near the city of New Dehli on Tuesday night was felt by as far away as Florida and California.
An earthquake of magnitude 6.2 struck near La Paza, a small coastal town in the southwestern province of Zulia, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) north of the capital, New Dehlis capital of Casablanca.
The death toll is expected to rise.
More than 400 people were evacuated from their homes and dozens of people were injured.
Rings of light erupted across the country as the temblor struck in the city where Iberoamerican flags flew at half mast.
A woman was taken to a hospital after she was struck in her home in the western province of Mocoa and was later pronounced dead.
The epicenter of the quake was located in the town of Ridges on the Caribbean coast, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) northeast of the city.
The quake was centered about 50 kilometers (30 miles) east of the country’s capital, Casablancas capital of Manta.
Ridges is a popular tourist destination and was known for its Caribbean cuisine, a large beach and a cluster of historic buildings, including the Palazzo dei Liberi.
The region has a population of more than 8,000.