Caribbean urged to be prepared for ‘big’ earthquake

Caribbean Earthquake

(CNS) – The head of the seismic Research centre (SRC) at the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Dr. Joan Lutchman, is reiterating calls for the region to be prepared for a major earthquake after as several parts of the Caribbean are jolted by earth tremors.

Over the weekend, the SRC said that a burst of 54 earthquakes occurred north of St. Kitts during a 21 hour period. The biggest had a magnitude of 4.1.

It said that the 54 earthquakes were in the magnitude range of 1.2 to 4.1, the SRC said, adding “there have been no felt reports thus far”.

The SRC reported that a quake measuring 3.8 was recorded Sunday night and was felt 104 kilometres (km) east of Fort-de-France, in Martinique, 117 km north east of Castries in St. Lucia and 155 km south east of Roseau, Dominica.

Speaking on a radio programme here Monday, Lutchman, who has for months now been warning that the Caribbean is long overdue a “big one”, said that several tremors have since been recorded following the weekend activities.

“At this time we have had magnitude 4.1 associated with our magnitude events. So it could simply be a main shock with some aftershocks.

“These events are shallow, we had an additional 12 earthquakes over the weekend. Overnight through Saturday and into Sunday morning, I imagine there were even fewer which is what you expect when you have a subsiding sequence,” she told radio listeners.

The seismologist said that for shallow events ‘we tend to have more associated aftershocks and you have for deeper events”.

She said the 6.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Trinidad and Tobago on August 21 this year, ”which was semi-deep and the aftershocks were not that many”.

But she warned that the region should take the signs “very seriously” and predicts a “big one is coming and it is better to be prepared”.

The last major earthquake to hit the Caribbean occurred in Haiti in 2010 when the magnitude 7.0 quake destroyed several buildings and killed an estimated 200,000 people.


  1. I dont think anyone can prepare for a earthquake its not like a hurricane you can just take precautions.God is in control have faith in him.

  2. The word of God say, if my people who are call by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways they will hear from heaven, let us be obedient to the one and true only living God, Jehovah is his name mighty warrior great and strong in battle, let us all prepared for his coming, he is the same yesterday, today and forever

  3. All is in his control. The maker of heaven and earth the ruler of all. One love as we pray and stand together in his name. Blessed are those who comes to him…

  4. People get ready because Jesus is coming back,the bible warns about earthquakes in the last days so those who don’t know Jesus the time to accept him Is now, hell is real.and God wants to save you from external fire he loves you and is calling you, would you give you life to him

  5. Bonjour en lisant vos réponses je déduit que ce que nous disons de faire, c’est à dire être prêt n’est valable que pour les autres pas pour nous ceux qui attendre et croient en DIEU, pour ma part comme je suis là même personne qui prie et dans la vie,je me prépare à être surpris


    Hello reading your answers I deduce that what we say to do, ie to be ready is only valid for others not for us who wait and believe in GOD, for my part as I am there same person who prays and in life I am preparing to be surprised

Comments are closed.