TRINIDAD told to expect a significant earthquake at anytime

The Seismic Research Centre at the University of the West Indies St. Augustine campus, says the twin-island republic could experience a significant magnitude earthquake at any time.

According to the centre, there was a burst of earthquakes on Friday including moderate magnitude events at 10:40 am, 10:47 am, 4:30 pm and 6:05 pm (local time), occurring west and south-west off Trinidad.

The UWI Seismic Research Centre in a press release said in all, there were nine events.

“The events were located between 10.5°N to 9.6°N and 61.7°W to 62.2°W. The magnitudes ranged from 3.4 to 5.2 and depths were generally shallow, less than 35 km. The earthquakes were reported as lightly felt across western Trinidad. No damage was reported.”

The Centre noted that a significant earthquake might occur in the general area of these events or elsewhere in the vicinity of Trinidad and Tobago, which lies in an area where significant magnitude earthquakes do occur.

“For example, in the general area of today’s events, there were two earthquakes both of magnitude 6.5 in 1935 and 1945. We should, therefore, always be prepared,” the centre said.

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