Earthquakes Follow on other Caribbean Islands

Experts had predicted that after Haiti, other quakes would follow in other parts of the Caribbean. They have said that all the pressure that has built up in the faults running through the region may not have been released in the Haiti quake. Last Saturday a small volcanic earthquake was recorded in south Dominica, a day before a larger tremor shook parts of the Leeward Islands. Residents felt the movement but neither event resulted in any damage or injuries. The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Center, which recorded the Dominica event, said the 2.1-magnitude earthquake occurred around 5:56 am on Saturday at a depth of four kilometers.

The more significant earthquake measuring 5.1, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), occurred at 6:43 pm on January 24, with its epicenter about 50 miles east of Guadeloupe, 55 miles north-north east of Dominica and 95 miles north of Martinique. It reached a depth of 42.2 miles. The tremors were mostly felt in Guadeloupe, but some residents of Martinique, Dominica and Antigua and Barbuda reported feeling the ground shake.

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