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Trinidad jolted by second earthquake within a week

Published:Tuesday | April 21, 2015 | 12:00 AM


Trinidad and Tobago was jolted by an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.8 yesterday, the second tremor to affect the oil-rich twin-island Republic within six days.

The Seismic Unit of the University of the West Indies said the quake, which was felt at 3:11 a.m., had a depth of 10 kilometres and was located 85 kilometres west-north-west of the capital and was also felt in neighbouring Venezuela.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Last Wednesday, an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.4 rocked the islands and was also felt in Venezuela and as far north as St George's in Grenada. It was focused at an epicentre around 34 kilometres north-north-east of Irapa in Venezuela and about 105 kilometres west-north-west of Port-of-Spain in Trinidad.