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Caribbean islands rattled by two earthquakes

Published:Friday | January 4, 2019 | 10:39 AM
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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.6 rattled Trinidad and Tobago on Friday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The quake, which occurred at 10:33 a.m local time was the second tremor to hit the Caribbean on Friday after one with a magnitude of 3.9 shook St Lucia, Martinique and St Vincent and the Grenadines just after midnight.

The Trinidad-based Seismic Research Centre at the St Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies said that the quake which rattled Trinidad and Tobago was located at Latitude 11.02N, Longitude: 61.50W and at a depth of 40 kilometres.

Regarding the earlier quake, the centre, which has warned Caribbean countries to be prepared for a major quake, said it occurred at nine minutes past midnight and was located Latitude 13.85N, Longitude:60.52 W and at a depth of 25  kilometres.

It was felt 54 kilometres south-east of Castries, the St Lucian capital, 104 kilometres south-east of Fort-de-France, Martinique and 110 kilometres northeast of Kingstown in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

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