Caribbean struck by two earthquakes

ROSEAU, Dominica: A small volcanic earthquake was recorded in south Dominica last weekend, a day before a larger tremor shook parts of the Leeward Islands. As of press time, neither event has resulted in any damage or injuries.

The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre, which recorded the Dominica event, said the 2.1-magnitude earthquake occurred at approximately 5:56 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) last Saturday at a depth of four kilometres.

The tremors were felt in the villages of Cochrane and Trafalgar.

The more significant earthquake measuring 5.1, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), struck off the island of Guadeloupe on Sunday at a depth of 42.2 miles (67.9 km).

The quake struck at 5:43 p.m. EST at a distance of 21 miles (34 km) east-north-east of Grand-Bourg, Guadeloupe.

The tremors were mostly felt in Guadeloupe, but some residents of Martinique, Dominica and Antigua and Barbuda reported feeling the ground shake.

The quakes follow the January 12 7.0-magnitude earthquake that claimed more than 100,000 lives in Haiti. The earthquake was followed by several aftershocks as intense as 5.9-magnitude.

Other earthquakes have been recorded in the Caribbean since the one that struck Haiti, including one that rattled the Cayman Islands (of 5.8 magnitude) and another off Venezuela (5.6). However, the quakes did not cause any injuries, fatalities or damage.

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