5.7 magnitude earthquake shakes parts of Caribbean


PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Thursday April 7, 2016 – There have been no initial reports of damage or casualties after a 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck near Venezuela, Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago this morning.

Residents in both countries, as well as in neighbouring Grenada, reported feeling the tremor which occurred around 8:22 a.m.

The location of its epicentre was put at 87 kilometres east of Carúpano, Venezuela and 105 kilometres west of Trinidad and Tobago’s capital, Port of Spain.

The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre (SRC) Facebook page was flooded with reports of people saying they felt “strong” shaking.

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Several people said they felt as if they had experienced two quakes.

However, the SRC explained that there are several seismic waves associated with earthquakes but the two notable ones are the P (primary) and S (secondary) waves. P waves travel faster and are recorded and felt first. S waves are slower but can cause greater damage.

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