Early morning quake shakes north-west T&T

 A magnitude 4.1 earth­quake shook many out of their sleep in the north-western parts of Trinidad early yesterday morning.

The University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine, Seismic Research Centre website stated: “On Saturday 28 December, 2013, at 5.17 a.m., an earthquake occurred west of Trini­dad in the Gulf of Paria. The event was located at 10.552°N and 62.500°W. The magnitude was 4.1 and the depth 80 km. This event was reportedly felt in Diego Martin, Glencoe and West­moorings.”

This quake is the sixth one in the past five months to shake the country.

The last one was a mag­nitude 6.4 and depth of 60 km on October 11, at

10.10 p.m., north of the Paria Peninsula, Trinidad, located at 10.86°N 62.12°W. 

That one was strong enough to cause a dis­rup­-

­­tion in the electricity sup­ply at the Trinidad and

Tobago Electricity Com­mis­sion’s (T&TEC)sub-stations in Carenage, Pt Cumana and Santa Flora.

On September 9, at 9.54 a.m., west of Trini­dad, in the Gulf of Paria, another one, with a magnitude of 3.8 and depth of 76 km, located at 10.25°N and 61.75°W, was felt in St James and Diego Martin.

Another earthquake occurred north-west of Trinidad, at 10.76°N and 61.79°W, with a magnitude of 3.9 and the depth of 57 km on August 27, at 7.59 a.m. It was felt in Cocorite and Maraval.

On August 8, one oc­curred north of the Paria Peninsula, off Trinidad’s north-west coast, at 10.72N and 62.33W. The magnitude was 3.8 with a depth of 77 km. This event was felt in Port of Spain, and at 10.56 a.m. on August 6, a quake was recorded north of the Paria Peninsula.        —CB

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