Tuesday, January 16, 2018

...‘Quake a reminder’

 FRIDAY night’s magnitude 6.4 earthquake was the largest the country has experienced in some time and serves as a reminder that we must at all times be prepared for tragedies.

“We live in a zone where earthquakes can strike and we must never forget what happened to our Caribbean neighbours in Haiti,” said Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar yesterday.

The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre said an earthquake of magnitude 6.4 occurred North of the Paria Peninsula Trinidad at 10.10 p.m. local time. The event was located at 10.86°N 62.12°W at a depth 60km. 

It was felt in Trinidad, Grenada and Guyana. No damage has been reported thus far.

The ODPM, as the lead coordinator of emergency management, put all first responder agencies on alert so that immediate assistance can be rendered if any impact occurs. 

Citizens can contact 511 if they have been affected, the ODPM said yesterday.

The Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA)  said yesterday there were no reports of structural damage in the sister island following Friday night’s earthquake.  

As a result of rough seas a boat was damaged off rocks in Buccoo. Damage was sustained to its engine and propeller.