Earthquake shakes Barbados; neighbouring islands feel tremor

earthquakeBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday July 16, 2015 – Residents in Barbados this morning reported feeling the tremors from a 5.7 magnitude earthquake that struck off the northeast of the island.

People living in nearby St Vincent and the Grenadines as well as Martinique also indicated they felt the tremor.

There were no reports of damage, however.

Initial information from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the UWI Seismic Research Centre (SRC) was that the quake occurred around 7:01 a.m. at a depth of between 10 and 15 km. The USGS put the depth at 10 km and while the SRC estimated it at 15.7 km. However, both made it clear the information was only preliminary.

The quake occurred about 125 km northeast of Barbados’ capital, Bridgetown; 240 km east of Castries, St. Lucia; and 262 km east southeast of Fort-de-France, Martinique.

Reports from residents who felt the shaking flooded the SRC’s Facebook page.

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Some reported a slight rocking, with one person in the south of Barbados saying she felt the shaking for several seconds.

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