Early morning earthquake shakes some Trinidad residents awake

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Friday February 28, 2014, CMC – An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.7 rattled west Trinidad on Friday but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The Seismic Unit of the University of the West Indies (UWI) said that the quake, which was felt  at 5.09 am (local time) occurred in the Gulf of Paria and was located at 10.44 degrees North, and 62.55 degrees West.

It had a depth 83km and the Unit said that it was felt in Westmoorings, west of the capital.

Trinidad earthquake

Earlier this week, St. Lucia’s Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony urged regional countries to take seriously predictions by scientists that the Caribbean could be hit by a major earthquake that could trigger a tsunami.

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Earlier this month, several Caribbean countries including St. Lucia and Barbados were jolted by a 6.4 magnitude earthquake with the Director of the Seismic Research Unit Dr. Joan Latchman said this was the “biggest” quake to occur in the Barbados zone since 1980.

”This earthquake is reminding us that the processes which generate these large earthquakes are alive and well. They are continuing. And therefore we need to be prepared,” Latchman told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC). Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)