7.3 earthquake shakes the coast of Venezuela, Caribbean Islands


A magnitude 7.3 earthquake shook the coast of Venezuela today, Tuesday evening (August 21, 2018, at 5:31pm), the United States Geological Survey reported. The epicenter was located 14 miles from Río Caribe, in Sucre, Venezuela. Other affected countries are Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Barbados and St. Lucia.

According to Accuweather, this is the strongest earthquake to occur in this part of the Caribbean since a magnitude 7.4 earthquake shook the Martinique region of the Windward Islands on November 29, 2007.

Initial reports in Trinidad and Tobago, where the earthquake was also felt strongly, say that several buildings and property have sustained damage and parts of Port-of-Spain are without electricity (according to LoopTT).

The Miami Herald writes that there were no reports of damages in Grenada and Guyana, “where people ran out into the streets in pandemonium to see utility poles shaking. In Grenada, there was a report of a landslide.”

For more information, see https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us1000gez7#executive, http://www.looptt.com/content/68-earthquake-rocks-trinidad, https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/venezuela/article217103030.html  and https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/breaking-magnitude-73-earthquake-shakes-the-northern-coast-of-venezuela-no-tsunami-threat/70005861

One thought on “7.3 earthquake shakes the coast of Venezuela, Caribbean Islands

  1. It should also be noted that the earthquake was felt quite strongly in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (which should have been a given since it is located between Grenada and St. Lucia).

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