by Caribbean News Now Staff
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — Monday, November 29, was Caribbean Earthquake Safety Day.
It also marked the third anniversary of the 7.4 magnitude earthquake that occurred 24 miles north northwest of Martinique at a depth of 90.8 miles and was felt in 13 of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency’s (CDEMA) 18 participating states, leaving structural damage in St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia and Barbados.
Last Friday, CDEMA held an Exercise Shake Up Every Day in Barbados.
Earthquake Safety Day served as a reminder of the entire region’s vulnerability to the earthquake hazard.
CDEMA outlined that, unlike hurricanes, there is no indication or way of warning people that an earthquake is about to strike and it can hit anywhere in the Caribbean at any time.
"As many experienced on November 29, 2007, an earthquake can happen while at work, home, shopping, driving or out in the open. We must therefore be prepared and know the safety precautions to take in any event that such occurs," CDEMA stated.
Drop, cover and hold on, and evacuation drills of buildings were practiced in the region on Monday to observe the occasion.