Series of temblors near Trinidad could mean trouble in near future, says UWI

By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor

The region near Trinidad and Tobago could quite possibly be struck by a major earthquake in the near future, with the potential for a tsunami to follow, based on a series of temblors that occurred in just one day!

Last week Friday, there were nine earthquakes offshore the two islands, and they prompted the University of the West Indies’ Seismic Research Centre (SRC) to advise the islanders to be prepared for any eventuality of a much larger earthquake.

The temblors registered last Friday started at 10:40 a.m., and continued through to 6:05 p.m. They occurred west and south-west of Trinidad, and ranged in strength from 3.4 to 5.2, at depths less than 21 miles. They did not cause any damage.

The Seismic Centre did add, however, that bursts of earthquakes happen and do not necessarily mean that a larger one is imminent; only that one can occur at any time. As reference, it pointed to two earthquakes of magnitude 6.5, which occurred in 1935 and 1945 in the same general area of last Friday’s temblors.

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