The Director of the National Emergency Management Organization, Velda Joseph, has cited a recent series of earthquakes in the Caribbean, four of which occurred on Sunday, as reason for Saint Lucians to focus on hazards aside from tropical cyclones.
“Yesterday there was a bomb threat at the NIC building, so again we are not prone to natural but a range of hazards,” Joseph told the Times.
As a result she asserted that citizens have to consider measures to reduce or minimize the impact of a range of hazards to which they are exposed.
The NEMO Director recalled that the Seismic Research Institute has said that based on historical trends the region is due for major earthquake.
According to her, the prediction has to be taken seriously.
“ We are not sure when it will be or if it will occur but again we have to take it seriously,” Joseph told the Times.
The Trinidad-based Seismic Research Unit of the University of the West Indies reported this week that four earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 3.8 to 4.5 rattled the Caribbean on Sunday ,but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damages.