PORT OF SPAIN – Trinidad and Tobago shook this afternoon after a strong tremor rattled the islands. The centre of the 6.2 magnitude quake was near Tobago and citizens are reporting shaking for close to a minute.
The tremor has left people traumatised. Tobagonians are reporting items falling off shelves and smashing, and minor property damage.
Social media lit up. Some people reported feeling nothing. Some people thought it was the end of the world. Some said it was the strongest they ever felt.
Meanwhile, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) issued a statement denying that a tsunami warning had been issued for the east coast of Trinidad or anywhere.
According to -, the earthquake happened at 5.42 p.m. at a depth of 29 kilometres near Scarborough.
Two weeks ago, Trinidad and Tobago was hit by a 5.0 magnitude earthquake. Citizens were reminded then that the Big One was overdue and we need to prepare.
According to the SRC’s director director Dr Joan Latchman, that tremor occurred in the Gulf of Paria and was felt in San Fernando, Port of Spain and Arima
Latchman said that there has been 65 “events” for the year, ending in July, in the Gulf of Paria.
Eight events have been greater than 4.0 magnitude. On April 7, a 5.6 magnitude was registered making it one of the larger ones to have occurred in the Gulf of Paria, from the data collected up to the end of July.
Latchman said it is not unusual to expect an earthquake of 5.0 magnitude or higher occurring each year and this has been consistent.