BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Wednesday September 9, 2015 – A series of earthquakes, most of them of 4.0 magnitude strength, have occurred to the northeast of Barbados within an 18-hour period.
The latest, a 4.1 magnitude quake that was recorded 135 km northeast of the capital, Bridgetown, occurred at 8:36 a.m., according to the University of the West Indies’ Seismic Research Centre.
Mag: 4.1, 135.0 km NE of Bridgetown, Barbados, 2015-09-09 08:36 am http://t.co/TkbkBSdsDQ
— UWISeismic Research (@SeismicResearch) September 9, 2015
It was the fifth tremor registered since yesterday afternoon.
The first 4.0 magnitude quake occurred around 1:28 p.m. yesterday, about 122 km northeast of Bridgetown. It was followed by another tremor of the same size at 4:39 p.m., about 140 km to the northeast.
Then this morning, at 2:53 a.m., a 3.8 magnitude quake was recorded 139 km northeast of Bridgetown. A fourth tremor, of 4.0 magnitude, then struck at 6:39 a.m., about 159 km northeast of the capital.
Prior to yesterday, Barbados last recorded consistent seismic activity in July/August.
Starting July 16, multiple tremors occurred almost daily for the rest of the month and then the following month.