The head of the seismic Research centre (SRC) at the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Dr. Joan Lutchman, is reiterating calls for the region to be prepared for a major earthquake after several parts of the Caribbean have been jolted by tremors in recent times.
Over the weekend, the SRC said a burst of 54 earthquakes occurred north of St. Kitts during a 21 hour period. The biggest had a magnitude of 4.1.
It said the 54 earthquakes were in the magnitude range of 1.2 to 4.1.
According to CMC News, the SRC reported that a quake measuring 3.8 was recorded Sunday night and was felt 104 kilometers east of Fort-de-France, in Martinique, 117 kilometers north east of Castries in St. Lucia and 155 kilometers south east of Roseau, Dominica.
Speaking on a radio programme yesterday, Lutchman, who has for months now been warning that the Caribbean is long overdue a “big one”, said that several tremors have since been recorded following the weekend activities.
The last major earthquake to hit the Caribbean occurred in Haiti in 2010 when the magnitude 7.0 quake destroyed several buildings and killed an estimated 200,000 people.