Residents in several parts of Barbados, including the north and east of the island, were literally shaken out of their sleep this morning, as a tremor affected the island.
The US Geological Survey confirmed that the earthquake, magnitude 6.7, occurred 107 miles north-north east of Bathsheba and 116 miles north-north east of Bridgetown at 5:27 a.m at a depth of 20 miles.
The tremor was also reportedly felt in some neighbouring islands.
The last time Barbados was affected by an earthquake was last year when two occurred on December 15 and 16.
The first, which occurred to the south of the island, measured 3.8 on the Richter scale. The second was slightly weaker, magnitude 3.6, and struck to the north of Barbados.