CODRINGTON: Barbuda was rattled by a 4.5 magnitude earthquake last Friday night, the second earth tremor to hit the small Caribbean island within a one week period.
The Trinidad-based Seismic Research Centre of the University of the West Indies (UWI) said the latest tremor occurred at 9:56 p.m. local time on August 15 and occurred northwest of the island.
“The event was located at 17.75° north and 62.18° west. The magnitude was 4.5 and depth 19 km,” the Centre said in a brief statement.
The tremor followed a 4.2 magnitude earthquake on August 12 that occurred southwest of Barbuda. That tremor was located at 17.49 degrees north and 61.98 degrees west and had a depth of 64 km.
“This event was reportedly felt in St. Johns, Antigua,” the Seismic Unit said.
In recent months, a number of Caribbean countries have been rocked by earth tremors, prompting officials at the Seismic Unit to warn regional governments to be prepared for a major quake.
The last major earthquake to hit the Caribbean occurred in Haiti in 2010 when a 7.0 magnitude tremor killed more than 300,000 people and left an estimated one million others homeless.