Eastern Caribbean Overdue for Massive Earthquake


Acting Director of the UWI Seismic Research Centre, seismologist Dr Joan Latchman spoke with Loop TT about the recent frequent earthquakes in the region.

Latchman warned that citizens should always be prepared for an earthquake as the Eastern Caribbean region has not yet experienced its strongest earthquake – one she explained is long overdue for the region.

The strongest recorded earthquake for this region occurred on October 21, 1843, estimated to be between 8.0 and 8.5. Records indicate that the region should experience an event of this size every 100 years.

“We are way past what we expect is the period for such earthquakes to return… The moderate magnitude events we are seeing – the fives and the fours are within what we would expect given the analysis.”

While the Gulf of…

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