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Trinidad rattled by aftershocks following 6.2 mag quake, tsunami warning rumours dismissed

Published:Wednesday | December 7, 2016 | 10:44 AM

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):
Trinidad was rattled by two aftershocks on Tuesday night following a powerful 6.2 magnitude earthquake that rocked the country earlier in the day.

However, the Seismic Research Centre (SRC) at the St Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) dismissed reports that the country has been put on a tsunami alert.

“The UWI Seismic Research Centre has confirmed that Trinidad & Tobago is not under a tsunami warning or tsunami watch at this time,” the SRC said in a statement posted on its Facebook, adding “the UWI Seismic Research Centre is the official source of information for earthquakes and tsunamis in the English speaking Eastern Caribbean”.

It said that the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC) “provides tsunami alerts to the Caribbean and no warning has been issued by the PTWC”.

But the SRC said that two tremors with magnitudes of 4.4 and 4.9 rattled the country late Tuesday night into early Wednesday, following the 6.2 quake on Tuesday evening that sent people scampering from their homes into the streets, and causing items to fall off supermarket shelves.

There have been no immediate reports of injuries, loss of lives or destruction caused as a result of the tremors.

The SRC said that at 11.38 pm (local time) the 4.4 magnitude quake was felt in Tobago and several parts of Trinidad.

It said that quake was located Latitude: 11.30N, Longitude: 60.96W and at a depth of five kilometres.

The second quake, measuring 4.9 occurred 24   minutes after midnight and was at a depth of 17 km.

It was located Latitude: 11.20N, Longitude: 60.88W and was also felt in Tobago, Arima and the capital Port of Spain.