Thursday 24 September, 2020

Earthquake jolts several Caribbean islands

An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.9 jolted several Caribbean islands Saturday, the Trinidad-based Seismic Research Centre (SRC) at the St Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) reported.

Early reports had no indication of any damage or injuries to anyone.

Amid recent warnings from the SRC of the likelihood of a major earthquake in the region, based on statistical considerations, the SRC reported that the latest quake occurred at 12:25 p.m. Jamaica time, and was located at Latitude 17.51N, Longitude: 61.31W, and at a depth of 10 kilometres (km).

The quake is the latest in a series to hit several Caribbean countries over recent times. It was felt some 74 km north east of St John's in Antigua and Barbuda; 142 km north of the capital of Guadeloupe; and 159 km east of Basseterre, the capital of St Kitts/Nevis.

The SRC has urged vigilance in the face of a likely major earthquake in the region.

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