T&T Trembles


(Modified from Trinidad Express) A 5.8 magnitude earthquake rocked all cardinal points of Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday around 5.45 p.m. causing minor damage to several places.

West Bees supermarket after the earthquake
West Bees supermarket after the earthquake

The supermarket in which the photo was taken has since reported that no one was injured during the ordeal. The store has been closed from 6:00pm for cleaning and restocking.

Citizens took immediately to social media site Facebook to state that the shake-up was the worst most of them had ever felt.

The location of the ‘quake was given as Latitude: 11.04N and Longitude: 60.70W, with an origin depth of 29 kilometres, with its centre closer to Scarborough, Tobago.

According to the University of the West Indies, it was felt 16 km SSE of Scarborough, 78 km NE of Arima and 99 km NE of Port of Spain.

The UWI Seismic Research Centre stated on its Facebook page that the event has not been reviewed by an analyst and was automatically located by a seismological computational system.

It is, therefore, a preliminary result and this may vary when new additional data is processed.

In Port of Spain, people still at work in high rise buildings – which swayed and rattled as the ‘quake progressed – vacated the premises right after, fearful of aftershocks.

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