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8/22/2018 
GRENADA, TRINIDAD AND VENEZUELA STRUCK BY 7.3 MAGNITUDE...  
A strong earthquake rocked several Caribbean countries yesterday evening, sending people scampering into the streets as buildings swayed, and walls collapsed damaging several vehicles.

The Seismic Research Centre at the University of the West Indies (UWI) St Augustine campus in Trinidad measured the quake at 6.8, but the United States Geological Survey (USGS) put it at 7.3 and said it had a depth of 76 miles (123 kilometres). Its epicentre was 12 miles (20 kilometres) off the sparsely populated Cariaco peninsula that has seen several devastating quakes in the past.

The quake, which occurred around 5:31 pm, was centred near the Venezuelan town of Guiria, and was felt in the capital, Caracas, and beyond Venezuela's shores.

It also shook several Caribbean countries, including Guyana, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

In Trinidad and Tobago, where electricity poles fell and people ran into the streets screaming, Joan Latchman, a seismologist with The UWI Seismic Research Centre, said it was the strongest earthquake felt in Trinidad since December 2016.

She said there were seven aftershocks within an hour of the quake, and that more were expected.

Communications and National Security Minister Stuart Young, in an address to the nation, said that there was no need to panic.

He said the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management had been in contact with the Tsunami Centre in the Pacific and a tsunami watch and warning had been called off.

He said while some areas of the island had been without electricity as a result of the quake, the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Company was already in the field seeking to restore the service.

In Grenada, the National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA) said that the country and its dependencies were not under any tsunami watch or warning.

“The motoring public and homeowners are advised to exercise caution as the shaking could have destabilised rocks and/or boulders around your home or along roadways. Vigilance is therefore encouraged by all,” the NaDMA said, adding that it had not received any information of damage caused by the quake, which it said “was the strongest felt on island”.

In Venezuela, a witness in Cumana, the biggest city near the epicentre, said there were initial reports of several injuries at a shopping centre where an escalator fell, but there were no other immediate signs of damage in the vicinity.

Source: ja observer
 

 


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