BRIDGETOWN: A magnitude-6.5 earthquake struck northeast of Barbados early Tuesday, jolting thousands from their sleep but causing no reported damage or casualties as of press time. The epicenter was approximately 126 miles to the northeast of Bridgetown at a depth of 20 miles. The tremors lasted for approximately 20 seconds and a tsunami warning was not issued after the quake. It also was felt in the nearby French Caribbean island of Martinique.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck at a depth of 17 kilometers (10.5 miles) at 5:27 a.m. (0927 GMT) and was centered approximately 106 miles (170 kilometers) northeast of Bathsheba, Barbados.
Judy Thomas, director of Barbados’ Emergency Management Department, said thousands of people felt the quake but that it didn’t last very long. She advised Barbadians to go about their normal business and not to panic.
The eastern Caribbean was last struck by a powerful earthquake in 2007, when a magnitude-7.4 quake centered just northwest of Martinique’s coastline severely damaged some buildings on the island.