Earthquake strikes close to St. Kitts & Nevis

By Admin Wednesday May 01 2013 in Caribbean
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BASSETERRE: An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3 struck near St. Kitts & Nevis on Tuesday. As of press time, there were no immediate reports of death or damage.


The U.S Geological Survey said that the quake occurred at 2.53 a.m. (local time) and its epicentre was located at 17.48 degrees north and 62.14 degrees west. It had a depth of 30.4 miles and was felt in St. Kitts & Nevis and the French island of Guadeloupe.


The Seismic Unit of the University of the West Indies said that the quake occurred west of Barbuda.


In 1974, an earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale caused severe damage in St. Kitts and Nevis.


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