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Experts urge Jamaica to prepare for big quake

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 | 6:20 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A seismic expert is urging authorities in Jamaica to prepare for another big earthquake on the island, where the seaside capital was destroyed by a temblor just over a century ago.

It’s impossible for scientists to determine if a big quake will hit in days or decades, but geophysics professor Eric Calais of Purdue University is urging the government and stakeholders to understand that the threat is real.

Calais said Wednesday that Jamaica will most likely be exposed to a quake with a magnitude of 7 or 7.5.  Jamaica’s capital of Kingston was destroyed in a 1907 quake. He is visiting the island as part of a mission with the UN Development Programme.

Earthquakes typically occur along areas where two sections of the Earth’s crust grind past each other.

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