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New sign of quake threat


Shawn Cumberbatch

New sign of quake threat

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SOME OF THE Caribbean’s leading earthquake experts have found new evidence suggesting there is “a high seismic hazard” threatening Barbados – one “substantially larger” than previously deduced.
But just when the island will be shaken by a major tremor, after the last one felt in the afternoon of November 29, 2007, remains the primary mystery.
This is despite information from the Seismic Research Centre (SRC) at the University of the West Indies Campus in Trinidad revealing that “on average at least one” small earthquake “is expected in the Barbados area every month”.
The SUNDAY SUN confirmed that last year Dr Walter Salazar, research fellow in earthquake engineering and engineering seismology at the SRC, head of the Earthquake Unit at UWI Mona, Jamaica, Dr Lyndon Brown, and SRC engineering technician Garth Mannette conducted a seismic hazard assessment of Bridgetown.

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