Saint Lucia among three Caribbean Islands rattled by quake

At least three Caribbean Islands, including Saint Lucia,  were rattled by an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.5 late on Friday night, the Trinidad-based Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the St Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) has reported.

CMC quoted the centre as saying that there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries following the tremor that was  also felt in Martinique and Barbados.

According to the SRC, the quake occurred at 11:30 pm (local time) and was located at Latitude: 14.34N, Longitude: 60.23W at a depth of 30 kilometres (km).

It disclosed that the quake was felt 90km north-east of Castries, in Saint Lucia, 98 km east south-east of Fort-de-France, Martinique and 153 km north-west of Bridgetown, Barbados.

Friday night’s quake was the latest in a series to have been experienced by Caribbean countries in recent months.

There have been warnings that the region is long overdue for a massive earthquake and admonitions that the people of the Caribbean should break out of the mindset that natural disasters are most likely to be in the form of hurricanes.





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