5.0 magnitude earthquake rattles St Lucia

st-lucia-earthquakeCASTRIES, St. Lucia, Sunday December 7, 2014, CMC – The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre in Trinidad and Tobago has recorded an earthquake that occurred approximately 73 kilometres east southeast of here on Sunday.

The tremor was felt around 11:35 am with a magnitude of 5.0 and a depth of 10 kilometres.

The centre was roughly 115 kilometres northwest of Bridgetown and 117 km southeast of Fort-de-France, Martinique.

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The Seismic Centre Indicated this was preliminary information, which could change after additional data was processed.

One St Lucia resident Kurt Francis said on social media that he felt it. Another, Nicola Franco, said she felt the tremors which lasted for roughly five seconds in the islands north Bonne Terre, Gros Islet, and also experienced some aftershocks lasting for about a second every three to five minutes.

The quake was also felt in neighbouring St.Vincent and the Grenadines, where it served as a distraction and momentarily interrupted the regional cricket match between the Windwards Islands and Barbados.

On Saturday, a quake with a 3.9 magnitude was also recorded south of Grenada at a depth of 121km.

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