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Burst Of 9 Earthquakes Hit Trinidad In One Day

On Friday 26th January, 2018, there was a burst of earthquakes including moderate magnitude events at 10:40am, 10:47am, 4:30pm and 6:05pm local time, occurring west and south-west of Trinidad. In all, there were 9 events. The events were located between 10.5°N to 9.6°N and 61.7°W to 62.2°W. The magnitudes ranged from 3.4 to 5.2 and depths were generally shallow, less than 35 km. The earthquakes were reported as lightly felt across western Trinidad.


No damage was reported. Bursts of earthquakes do occur and are not necessarily indicative of the occurrence of a larger magnitude event; however, as we continue to advise, a significant magnitude earthquake can occur at any time.


Such an event might occur in the general area of these events or elsewhere in the vicinity of Trinidad and Tobago, which lies in an area where significant magnitude earthquakes do occur. For example, in the general area of today’s events, there were two earthquakes both of magnitude 6.5 in 1935 and 1945. We should, therefore, always be prepared. (Please note that these results are preliminary and may vary slightly when additional data are processed).

  The map to the left shows the locations of the earthquakes. If you felt any of these events please visit www.uwiseismic.comand complete the SRC Did you feel it? form or send an email to earthquakes@uwiseismic.com.

Earthquake safety tips together with details of these and other geologic events in the Eastern Caribbean can also be found on the SRC website.

The Seismic Research Centre is the authoritative source of information on earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis in the Eastern Caribbean.

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