Earthquake in Trinidad and Tobago

Caribbean News Now reports that a 5.0 magnitude earthquake shook Trinidad at 4:40am on Saturday (August 14, 2010) but no damages were reported. The effects were felt in Barataria, Couva, San Juan, Penal, Chaguanas, Sangre Grande, Maracas Valley, and as far as Tobago. According to the Seismic Research Centre (SRC) at the University of the West Indies-St. Augustine, the quake, which hit north of the Paria Peninsula, was located at 11.22 degrees north and 62.53 degrees west. The depth was recorded at 118 kilometers. Seismologist and acting director of SRC, Dr. Joan Latchman, said the earthquake was considered to be “mild” despite the 5.0 rating, which occurs once every ten years on average.

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