Third Earthquake Rattles Jamaica

Earthquake rocks several Caribbean countries

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica was rattled by a 5.1 magnitude earthquake that struck 114 kilometres north, northwest of the Hanover parish capital Lucea, Wednesday morning according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

The temblor had a depth of 10 km and was felt in the western end of the island, including downtown Montego Bay.

It was the second aftershock to rattle parts of the island following Tuesday’s big 7.7 quake that was felt far beyond the country’s shores. The USGS reported Tuesday that a second earthquake hit near Jamaica. The 4.7 quake struck at 2.39 pm and was located at 124km northwest of Lucea.

This was minutes after the powerful 7.7 temblor sent Jamaicans rushing from buildings. That quake struck at 2.10 pm and was located 125 km north, northwest of Lucea.

The quake was felt in most of the 14 parishes and as far away as Miami, Florida. It was also felt in The Bahamas, Cuba, Cayman Islands, Haiti and Honduras.

Experts have said that aftershocks usually follow a big quake.

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