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80 earthquakes recorded in Jamaica last year

Published:Wednesday | January 6, 2016 | 1:39 PM
According to the Earthquake Unit at the University of the West Indies, the number of earthquakes which are actually felt is on the decline.

Jamaica recorded 80 earthquakes in 2015.

However, statistics from The Earthquake Unit at the University of the West Indies indicate that the overwhelming majority of them were not felt by the populace.

The unit says in fact only one of the 80 earthquakes was actually felt by Jamaicans.

The unit operates 12 stations across the island that record seismographic activity.

According to the unit, the number of earthquakes which are actually felt is on the decline.

Meanwhile, Professor Simon Mitchell of the Department of Geography and Geology at UWI is arguing that Jamaica should expect a big earthquake at anytime given the increase in seismic activity and build up of stress on the fault lines which run through the island.

Professor Mitchell says the decline in the number of felt earthquakes is cause for concern.

 

Professor Simon Mitchell of the Department of Geography and Geology at UWI

He is calling for more effort to be put into retrofitting buildings and raising public awareness about earthquake preparedness.

This month is being observed as earthquake awareness month.