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Earthquake rattles several Caribbean countries

Monday, January 21, 2019

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.2 rattled several Caribbean islands on Monday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The Trinidad-based Seismic Research centre (SRC) of the St Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), which has been warning the region to be prepared for a major quake, said the tremor occurred at 10:42 am (local time) and was felt in Guadeloupe, Dominica and Antigua and Barbuda.

SRC said that the quake had a depth of 10 kilometres (km) and was located Latitude: 15.83N; Longitude: 61.65W.

It was recorded 48 km south-southwest of Point--Pitre, Guadeloupe, 65 km north west of the Dominican capital, Roseau, and 143 km south St John's, Antigua and Barbuda.

Caribbean countries have in recent months been experiencing tremors almost on a daily basis and the SRC has warned that the region is long overdue a major quake.

An earthquake struck Haiti in 2010 with a magnitude of 7.0 and killed more than 200,000 people.


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