Caribbean jolted by two earthquakes in less than 12 hours

Earthquake rocks several Caribbean countries

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 reported.

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 at 9.40 pm (local time) and was located at Latitude: 15.08 north, Longitude: 60.30 west and at a depth of 10 kilometers (km). It said 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

The second quake with a magnitude of 3.3 occurred at 3.35 am (local time) on Monday 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.

No reports of damage, injuries

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.

Major quake warning

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 wide spread infrastructural damage to several buildings

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