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Prepare for big quake, says expert

BARRY ALLEYNE, [email protected]

Prepare for big quake, says expert

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BARBADIANS SHOULD START PREPARING for the likelihood of a large earthquake.

Between July and now, close to 20 small or moderate seismic events have been recorded by the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Seismic Research Institute in the same general area, about 140 kilometres north-east of Barbados.

They have led one the region’s foremost earthquake experts, Dr Joan Latchman, to suggest that it’s highly probable that a larger event may not be far off.

Latchman said that a number of faults in a subduction zone near that cluster area had reached their limit to retain energy, rupturing in the process and causing numerous seismic events, the largest of which in July measured 6.6 on the Richter scale.

Please read the full story in today’s Sunday Sun, or in the eNATION edition.