SRC Statement On Recent Earthquake Activity In The Eastern Caribbean  


PR – The University of the West Indies Seismic  Research Centre (UWI SRC) reported several earthquake events in the northeast area of the  Caribbean from Barbados to far northeast of the Lesser Antilles which is a curved chain of  volcanoes 850 km in length located between Puerto Rico and Venezuela. Sometimes, such activity  can signal an even more significant magnitude earthquake, in the short term.  

A statement from UWI SRC emphasizes that the Eastern Caribbean arc is a subduction zone setting  which experiences thousands of earthquakes annually. The statement warns that although most of  these events are not felt, moderate to significant events may impact the region at any time. It goes  on to say that the area is known to have generated our largest earthquake, on 8 February 1843. The  UWI SRC reiterates that science cannot predict exactly where and when such events will occur,  and therefore encourages consistent individual, national, and regional preparedness to mitigate  possible impacts. 

The National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA) encourages all citizens to prepare  themselves and their families, practice earthquake safety, and make an earthquake preparedness  plan. If an earthquake occurs, remember to DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON until the shaking  stops. 

For the latest information on seismic activity in the Eastern Caribbean, please follow the UWI  Seismic Research Centre on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @uwiseismic. 

For earthquake safety and preparedness videos please visit the Youtube channel: and the UWI website for  all related geohazard information: 

For additional information, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Mrs. Ruth Jacob-Roberts, Public  Relations Officer, NaDMA, on 440-8390-4: mobile: 533-0766, or email: and