5.3 magnitude earthquake rattles Leeward Islands

richter-scale-400THE VALLEY, Anguilla, Sunday April 20, 2014, CMC – An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3 rocked the Leeward Islands on Saturday but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damages.

The Seismic Unit of the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) in Trinidad said that the quake had a depth of 29 km and occurred around 3.31 pm local time.

The quake, which occurred east of Anguilla, was also felt in St. Kitts-Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda and Dominica.

It was located at 16.13 North and 62.52 West. The epicenter of the tremor was located 23 miles east (37 km) of Saint-Barthélemy, and 49 (79km) NNE of Basseterre St. Kitts and Nevis.


The tremor comes two months after the last reported earthquake in the Caribbean when Barbados was  rocked by a 6.7 magnitude earthquake in February. Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)