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Eight Earthquakes in 24 Hours the Eastern Caribbean

earthquakeBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Jul 17 2015 – Two more tremors were recorded off Barbados, St. Lucia and Martinique, following six events over a six-hour period yesterday.

Preliminary information provided by the UWI Seismic Research Centre indicated that the quakes were recorded a minute past midnight, and then at 3:44 a.m.

The first was a 4.0 magnitude tremor occurring 170 km northeast of Bridgetown, Barbados; 301 km east of Castries, St. Lucia and 322 km east southeast of Fort-de-France, Martinique.

The second was weaker – 3.8 magnitude – with its epicenter 119 km northeast of Bridgetown, 236 km east of Castries, and 259 km east southeast of Fort-de-France.

They came hours after acting director of the Department of Emergency Management in Barbados Kerry Hinds told residents that there was a possibility that aftershocks would continue in the coming days.

Barbadians and residents of neighbouring St. Lucia, Dominica, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago, Martinique, Guadeloupe and even Guyana reported feeling the effects of yesterday’s earthquakes, particularly the first 5.7 magnitude tremor which struck at 7:01 am and the most intense one of the day – 6.4 magnitude quake which sent people scampering from shaking buildings around 11:16 am.

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