SINT MAARTEN/ANTIGUA – The Seismic Research Unit (SRU) from the University of the West Indies (UWI) recorded a 4.0 magnitude earthquake on Wednesday afternoon at 4.32pm at a depth of 10 kilometres (km) and 82 km north east of St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda.
The SRU says the Leeward Islands area is a high area of earthquake activity for the Caribbean, and that it is not unusual for earthquake sequences like this to occur. It is also quite likely the SRU added that aftershocks following the main earthquake on April 17 – 5.8 magnitudes – will continue for some time.
The SRC has received more than 120 felt reports from as far west as St. Kitts and as far south as Guadeloupe for the 17th April event.
This earthquake has been followed, so far, by more than 500 events in the same general area, two of which were in the magnitude range 5.1-5.5. Scientists at the SRC expect that aftershocks should continue for some time.
Although this most recent earthquake sequence may not necessarily signal a larger earthquake, the public should be reminded that the Leeward Islands region is an area of high earthquake activity for the Caribbean.
Moderate to significant sized earthquakes may occur in this region at any time which may impact islands in this area (St. Kitts-Nevis, Antigua-Barbuda, Montserrat).
For this reason measures must always be in place at an individual, community and national level to protect against the impact of earthquakes.
The Antigua Director of the National Office of Disaster Services Philmore Mullin recently stated that he understands the public’s concern but is reminding that the country is in an earthquake zone and that it’s not unusual to have this type of activity that has been felt over the past days.
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