Early morning quake rattles St. Kitts residents

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by Erasmus Williams,


BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, April 17th 2017 – A near six-point earthquake rattled St. Kitts and Nevis, some residents reported early Monday morning.

The Trinidad-based Seismic Research Unit has confirmed the 5.8 tremor was recorded at 1:23 am (local time) at a Latitude of 17.48 N, Longitude of 61.20 W at depth of 10 km.

“Earthquake!!!,” exclaimed former Miss St. Kitts, Sudeakka Francis on her FaceBook page, later posting:

“It’s the strongest I ever felt. I thought it was my dogs under the bed. It was strong,” said Francis, who lives in Central Basseterre, the St. Kitts capital.

“I was wondering if I was dreaming…that was strong,” posted Sobrena Louard.

Thought I was dreaming,” said Norisa James.

“No, it was real,” responded Francis, who lives in Central Basseterre, along the coast.

“I was saying somebody playing with my head. The bed literally moved,” said Cleopatra Woodley.

The Seismic Unit said the center was located 83 km NE of St. John’s. Antigua; 141 Km NNE of Point-Pitre, Guadeloupe and 171 km East of Basseterre, St. Kitts.

There were no immediate reports of damage.

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