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Earthquakes recorded off Barbados

Dr Joan Latchman

Two earthquakes have been recorded off Barbados in just over 24 hours.

But seismologist at the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Unit Dr Joan Latchman says such activities should not cause residents to panic.

On Sunday, a 3.8-magnitude tremor occurred at 3:32 a.m south of the country at a depth of 66 kilometres, while at 6 a.m this morning a 3.6-magnitude earthquake was recorded 27 kilometres north of the country.

Dr Latchman says Barbados records a yearly average of five earthquakes measuring between 3.6 and 4.0 magnitude.

We are seeing an elevation in some of our zones and the zones are fairly well spread out along the arch. So yes, we can say we have seen an increase in the number of earthquakes in the Eastern Caribbean but this is so globally. We have seen this elevation since the turn of the century,” she said.

We recognise and we advise all the time that we have not seen our largest earthquake for several hundred years and because we know that these big faults that generate these big earthquakes accumulate energy it means that we need to be prepared because at any time they can rupture and release that energy,” Dr Latchman added.

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