Caribbean jolted by two earthquakes within six-hour period

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Several Caribbean countries were rattled as two earthquakes hit the region within a six-hour period, the Trinidad-based Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the St Augustine campus of the University of The West Indies (UWI) has said.

In the first instance, the SRC said that a quake with a magnitude of 4.0 was felt in the French island of Martinique, Dominica and St Lucia.

The SRC said that the quake occurred late on Sunday night at 9.40 pm (local time) and was located at Latitude: 15.08 north, Longitude: 60.30 west and at a depth of 10 kilometres (km).

It said that the quake was felt 101 km north-east of Fort-de-France, Martinique, 123 km east south-east of Roseau, Dominica and 139 km north-east of Castries, St Lucia.

The second quake with a magnitude of 3.3 occurred at 3.35 am (local time) yesterday and was located at Latitude: 12.29 north, Longitude: 61.65 west and at a depth: 5 km.

The quake was felt 28 km north east of St George's, Grenada, 107 km south west of Kingstown, St Vincent and the Grenadines and 159 km North West of Scarborough in Trinidad and Tobago.

The SRC said there were no immediate reports of injuries or damages caused by the two earthquakes, the latest in a series of earth tremors felt in several Caribbean countries.

The SRC have been warning regional countries to be prepared for a major quake. Last month Trinidad and Tobago recorded an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.9 causing widespread infrastructural damage to several buildings.

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