Epicentre of Tuesday’s earthquake. USGS map
By Caribbean News Now contributor
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- A number of eastern Caribbean islands were shaken by a 6.7 magnitude earthquake early Tuesday morning.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said that the earthquake, which occurred 170km (106 miles) north-northeast of Bathsheba, Barbados, struck at around 5:27 am local time at a depth of 16.9km (10.5 miles). The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre recorded the quake as having a magnitude of 6.5 on the Richter scale.
The earthquake was felt across the region, with weak shaking felt as far north as Philipsburg, St Maarten; and light to moderate shaking from Martinique all the way down to Grenada. Most of the reports of shaking came from Martinique, which was about 210 kilometres directly west of the quake’s epicentre, along with Barbados.
There were no reports of damage or injuries, although authorities in Martinique were recommending “extreme caution” in coastal areas, according to reports. Other countries that felt the shaking included Saint Lucia, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Trinidad and Venezuela.
It was the second 6.5-magnitude earthquake in the region in just over a month, following a similarly-sized quake near Puerto Rico in January. It was also the strongest quake in that portion of the region since 2007, when a 7.3-magnitude quake struck near Martinique.
As a point of reference, the earthquake in 2010 in Haiti was a 7.0-magnitude on the Richter scale. The 2007 Martinique quake had been the largest in the region since a 6.9-magnitude tremor near Antigua in 1974.