NEMO : Earthquake felt in Caribbean

The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) received notification from the Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the occurrence of an earthquake this morning (March 19, 2016) at approximately 7:26 am (local time).

According to this notification, the event occurred at 162 km NE of Saint John’s, Antigua and Barbuda, 218 km NE of Pointe-a-Pierre, Guadeloupe and 237 km NE of Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis.

Preliminary results indicate that the earthquake, which occurred at a depth of 10 km and had a magnitude of 6.5 on the Richter scale was reportedly felt in a number of islands across the Caribbean region including the British Virgin Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts & Nevis and Saint Lucia.

However, NEMO has not yet received any reports of damage as a result of this earthquake event.

Notwithstanding, NEMO takes this opportunity to remind the public that Saint Lucia is vulnerable to a number of hazards, including earthquakes, and that persons should remain vigilant and always in a state of preparedness to deal with the potential impacts of these hazards.

Some important measures which should be taken during an earthquake include:

1. Minimize your movements to a few steps to a nearby safe place and stay indoors until the shaking has stopped and you are sure exiting is safe. Be aware that some earthquakes are actually foreshocks and a larger earthquake might occur.

2. Don’t wait until you’re certain an earthquake is actually occurring. At the first sign of the earth shaking, if you are in a building, stay inside and away from windows:

3. Drop, Cover, and Hold on.

DROP under a heavy desk or table;

COVER your head and torso, and

HOLD ON to the furniture. If you can’t get under something strong, go to an interior wall and sit with your bottom and feet flat on the floor and protect your head.

If you are outside, move to an open area away from potential falling objects (utility poles, electric lines, etc). Assume the crouch position and protect your head and face with your arms until the shaking stops.

For further information on what to do before, during and after an earthquake, please contact the NEMO Secretariat via telephone # (758) 452-3802/452-4318/468-2126 or email