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Quakes jolt Caribbean neighbours

Jamaica Observer

Quakes jolt Caribbean neighbours

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BASSETERRE — An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8 rocked St Kitts and Nevis early Monday, but there are no reports of injuries or damage.

The Trinidad-based Seismic Research Unit says the tremor was recorded at 1:23 a.m. (local time) at a latitude of 17.48 N, longitude of 61.20 W at depth of 10 km.

“It’s the strongest I ever felt. I thought it was my dogs under the bed. It was strong,” said former Miss St Kitts Sudeakka Francis in a post on her Facebook page.

The centre of the quake was located 83 km north-east of St John’s, Antigua; 141 km north-north-east of Point-Pitre, Guadeloupe and 171 km east of Basseterre.

In the two hours prior, two smaller quakes occurred in the area. 

By noon, a total of seven quakes were recorded.

Residents of Antigua, Nevis and Montserrat also reported feeling tremors.(Jamaica Observer/NB)