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Trinidad & Tobago Hit By 4.6 Magnitude Earthquake Today

PORT OF SPAIN — An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.6 rattled Trinidad and Tobago today, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The quake, which occurred at 10:33 a.m. was the second tremor to hit the Caribbean today after one with a magnitude of 3.9 shook St. Lucia, Martinique and St. Vincent and the Grenadines just after midnight.

The Trinidad-based Seismic Research Center (SRC) of the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), said that the quake which rattled Trinidad and Tobago was located at Latitude 11.02N Longitude: 61.50W and at a depth of about 25 miles (40 kilometers).

It was felt 25 miles north of the capital, Port of Spain, about 30 miles northwest of Arima, east of here and about 53 miles north of the southern city of San Fernando.

Regarding the earlier quake, the SRC, which has warned Caribbean countries to be prepared for a major quake, said it occurred at nine minutes past midnight and was located Latitude 13.85N, Longitude: 60.52W and at a depth of 15 miles.

It was felt 54 km south east of Castries, the St Lucian capital, 104 km south east of Fort-de-France, Martinique and 110 km northeast of Kingstown in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

On August 22, 2018, Trinidad was rocked by a 7.3 magnitude earthquake.

Trinidad & Tobago Hit By 4.6 Magnitude Earthquake Today

By John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.