A map showing the centre of today’s earthquake off the coast of Trinidad and Tobago. Below: The location of last Thursday’s quake. (GP)
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SEISMIC ACTIVITY continues in the Caribbean region with yet another earthquake being recorded.
Today at 5:26 p.m., the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre in Trinidad and Tobago recorded an earthquake off the coast of the twin-island republic.
With a magnitude of 3.9, and a depth of 10km, this quake was just 60km north northwest of the capital Port of Spain and 97km south of St George’s, Grenada.
As usual, The Seismic Centre indicated this was preliminary information, which could change after additional data was processed.
Meanwhile, last Thursday, another earthquake measuring 3.8 on the Richter scale was recorded some 68km north east of Point-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe and 75km southeast of Saint John’s, Antigua and Barbuda. It was at a depth of 13km.
This year, earthquakes have been recorded off St Lucia and Grenada and Barbados also felt the effects of a 6.4 earthquake off the coast back in February. The islands of Martinique, Dominica, Grenada, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines also felt those tremors.
At the time, director of the Seismic Research Centre Dr Joan Latchman said that was the “biggest” to occur in the Barbados zone since 1980 and warned regional countries to be prepared for a massive quake in the future.
She also told Barbadians not to be complacent and believe they could not be affected by an earthquake.
“In 2007 most Barbadians would have felt the earthquake that was located north of Martinique at a magnitude 7.3 and caused damaged in Barbados,” she said, noting that in 1953 the earthquake that occurred northwest of St Lucia also caused damage in Barbados.
“So Barbados has had impact from earthquakes in the past and I am convinced that Barbados will have impact from earthquakes in the future.” (SAT)