Caribbean News in Brief – December 28, 2010


Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago: Parts of Trinidad were struck by an earthquake on Sunday night.

As of press time, no damage or injuries have been reported.

The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre, based in Trinidad, gave the preliminary magnitude as 4.5, but the National Earthquake Information Centre at the United States Geological Survey later indicated that the quake had a magnitude of 5.1.

The earthquake, which occurred around 9:01 p.m., was felt from Carenage in the northwest, to Moruga on the central south coast, to Matura on the northeast coast.

The quake occurred about 15 miles northwest of Port-of-Spain; 70 miles west southwest of Scarborough, Tobago; and 90 miles south of St. George’s Grenada, at a depth of about 36.9 miles.


Port-au-Prince, Haiti: Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive has called on the international community to let his government play a bigger role in the country’s reconstruction following the earthquake which struck the county on January 12.

Bellerive said there were around 4,000 organizations working in Haiti, with about as many reconstruction plans, and that he had too little influence over what they were doing.

The earthquake killed 230,000 people and made more than a million homeless.

Bellerive also complained that only a fifth of the money pledged to Haiti after the earthquake had actually arrived.


Castries, St. Lucia: Member nations of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) say they will work together to draft common trade legislation.

A release from the OECS Secretariat said this is part of a desire to improve the business climate in the sub-region, and followed a recent meeting of trade officials.

Head of the Trade Policy Unit, Virginia Paul, said officials were very concerned that member states try to be an attractive area for doing business.

The OECS will implement a common trade policy as part of their economic union.

The union will begin operations on January 21, 2011.

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