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T&T | Biggest quake in two centuries, at 6.9M, rattles Trinidad, Grenada, Guyana, Venezuela

Featured T&T | Biggest quake in two centuries, at 6.9M, rattles Trinidad, Grenada, Guyana, Venezuela
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica August 21, 2018 - ONE of the most powerful earthquakes measuring 6.9 on the Richter Scale, rocked Trinidad and Tobago at 5.31 p.m. this afternoon, causing damage to property but no life was lost.

In the capital city of Port of Spain, tall buildings shook, and people ran into the streets in an effort to take cover.

The quake was felt across  TT, Venezuela, Guyana,  Grenada.  People from St. Lucia and Barbados, St. Vincent have also reported feeling the quake. Tremors shook Newsday's offices on Pembroke Street and there are reports of tremors in Port of Spain, San Fernando and Petit Valley.

Residents described the earthquake  as "massive" in Carapo, with car alarms going off in some parts of the area.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the magnitude-6.9 quake was the 18th one in this geographical area, and was the largest such event in that area in the 20th and 21st ­centuries.

“While there have been 17 previous M6+ earthquakes in this region, large earthquakes are rare; this is the largest historic event within 250 (kilometres) of this location in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley in an interview with the  Express, said "Trinidad and Tobago is in an earthquake zone and we should brace for aftershocks in the aftermath of the monster earthquake which struck yesterday."

“Just when I thought it was ending, it got even stronger and I felt a little scared then because you know we live in an earthquake zone and this particular fault that runs through the north of our territory... it’s called the El Pilar Fault, and those of us who have a little inkling of geology, we believe that this is a capture zone which is powering up a lot of energy for along time and one of these days could release it," Rowley said.

The following information was supplied by the UWI Seismic Research Centre- Automatic Earthquake Location:

UWI, SRC - Automatic Earthquake Location

DATE AND TIME:
2018-08-21 5:31 pm (Local Time)
2018-08-21 21:31 (UTC)

MAGNITUDE:
6.8

LOCATION:
Latitude: 10.51N
Longitude: 62.76W
Depth: 73 km

NEARBY CITIES:
55 km ESE of Carúpano, Venezuela
95 km NE of Maturín, Venezuela
131 km SE of Porlamar, Venezuela

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