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Jamaica to review earthquake plan

Published:Sunday | February 28, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding

Prime Minister Bruce Golding will meet with the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management on Wednesday to review Jamaica's preparedness for an earthquake disaster.

This comes in the wake of earthquakes that have struck several countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, including Venezuela, Bolivia, the Cayman Islands, Argentina and Guatemala, since Haiti was hit in January, as well as warnings by scientists that Jamaica remains highly vulnerable.

The prime minister wishes to ensure that all necessary plans are in place in the event of an earthquake in Jamaica.

Meanwhile, Golding has sent a message to President Michelle Bachelet of Chile on the loss of lives and destruction caused by the severe earthquake. He was especially saddened because at the Caricom/Latin America Summit in Cancun, Mexico, last week, President Bachelet was in the forefront of efforts to mobilise more assistance for Haiti.

Major earthquakes in 2010

  • January 3:
    6.6 magnitude, Solomon Islands

  • January 5:
    6.9 magnitude, Solomon Islands

  • January 12:
    7.0 magnitude, Haiti

  • January 18:
    6.0 magnitude, Guatemala

  • February 4:
    6.0 magnitude, California

  • February 22:
    6.0 magnitude,Tonga region

  • February 26:
    7.0 magnitude, Ryukyu Islands, Japan

  • February 27:
    8.8 magnitude, offshore Maule, Chile

  • February 27:
    6.2 magnitude, offshore Maule, Chile

  • February 27:
    6.0 magnitude, offshore Valparaiso, Chile

  • February 27:
    6.0 magnitude, Bio-Bio, Chile

  • February 27:
    6.9 magnitude, off the coast of Bio-Bio, Chile

  • February 27:
    6.1 magnitude, offshore Maule, Chile

  • February 27:
    6.3 magnitude, Salta, Argentina

  • February 27:
    6.3 magnitude, Offshore Valparaiso, Chile

  • February 27:
    Magnitude 8.8, offshore Maule, Chile