Earthquake shakes Antigua

Sunday, May 19, 2013

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ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.8 was felt in Antigua and Barbuda and the French island of Martinique Saturday night, but there were no immediate reports of injury of destruction.

The US-based National Earthquake Information Centre said that the quake occurred at 7.50 pm (local time) and had a depth of 20 kilometres. It was located 17.42 north, 62.01 west.
Residents in Antigua and Barbuda said the tremor lasted more than a minute.

Late last month, Antigua and Barbuda and several other countries in the Leeward Islands were rocked by a quake with a magnitude of 5.1 and Saturday night’s earthquake is the latest in a series of tremors that have occurring in several Caribbean countries in recent months.

Earlier this month Trinidad and Tobago was shaken by a quake with a magnitude of 3.7 as officials warn residents of the oil rich twin-island country to be prepared for a major earthquake.


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