Satellite image shows the epicenter of the tremor
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- An earth tremor was felt on St Kitts and other islands of the Eastern Caribbean at around 3:30pm on Saturday afternoon. According to the US Geological Survey, the epicenter of the tremor was located 23 miles east (37 km) of Saint-Barthélemy, and 49 miles (79km) NNE of Basseterre, St Kitts.
The University of the West Indies Seismic Centre based in Trinidad confirmed that the earthquake occurred at 3:31pm local time on April 19, 2014, east of Anguilla. The event magnitude was 5.3 and was located at a depth of 18 miles (29 km).
The tremor comes two months after the last reported earthquake in the Caribbean. Barbados has been rocked by a 6.7 magnitude earthquake off the coast of the island in February this year. No tsunami alert was issued then nor were there reports of injuries or fatalities. Tremors were also felt in St Lucia.
Three days later, on February 21, a 5.1-magnitude seismic event occurred near Aruba. Experts suggest that, though both these earthquakes did not cause much damage, they are a reminder that the Caribbean remains a very active seismic zone, prone to earthquakes at anytime.
In neighbouring regions of Central and South America there have been three earthquakes registered already this month, the most recent a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Mexico on Good Friday. No deaths were recorded. On April 1, an 8.2 magnitude earthquake was recorded in Chile, causing six deaths. This was followed by a 7.7 quake also in Chile but no deaths were recorded.
Republished with permission of West Indies News Network