Strong 5.5 Magnitude Quake Rattles Jamaica Today: Volcano Discovery
KINGSTON — A strong 5.5 magnitude earthquake was felt in sections of Santa Cruz, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica this morning, authorities said.
Earthquake Discovery reported this afternoon that a minor earthquake was felt in sections of southwest Jamaica at approximately 10:05 a.m. today.
The earthquake’s epicenter occurred at a depth of 6,2 miles underground at latitude:18.09364° north and longitude: 77.82715° west.
“Since no national or international seismological agency has reported this quake, its status remains unconfirmed.” Earthquake Discovery said.
Santa Cruz, St. Elizabeth is a minor market village connecting Black River to Mandeville that was known for bauxite mining in the 1950’s.
The affected town is near the Joy Spence Appleton Estate Rum Experience, a popular stop in Jamaican tourism.
During 2020, Jamaica was shaken by 2 quakes of magnitude 4.0 or above, 2 quakes between 3.0 and 4.0, and 1 quake of magnitude 2.9.