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Trinidad hit by series of earthquakes

EARTHQUAKES: Recent natural activity in Trinidad has caused concern (Image: University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre)

TRINIDAD HAS been struck by several earthquakes across a 12 day period, it has been reported.

The most recent earthquake which took place on Tuesday, was measured at 4.4 magnitude, according to the University of West Indies’ Seismic Research Centre at the St Augustine Campus in Trinidad.

Underneath a post on its Facebook page, the UWI SRC responded to questions about the frequency of the earthquakes.

One Facebook commenter said: “This isn’t normal at all.”

The UWI SRC addressed these concerns and others.

It said: “The south-east corner of the Caribbean plate, where Trinidad lies, is a very active seismic region and we expect activity in the Gulf of Paria, which is on the western side of Trinidad, to be elevated as the area settles after the magnitude 6.9 event in August.”

The recent seismic activity has caused some residents to speculate over the proximity of “the big one”.

However experts have said that this is not predictable based on the current activity.

UWI SRC said: “These events do not necessarily indicate a big event may happen soon or that the energy from these events will lessen the chances of a larger magnitude event from occurring.”

It also advised the public to be prepared. “The important thing to bear in mind is that the region is known to have produced large magnitude earthquakes in the past and will do so in the future, therefore, preparedness is an necessary part of living with the earthquake hazard,” it said.

On Sunday, a 4.1 magnitude earthquake was recorded in Trinidad. There have been no reports of deaths or injuries as a result of the latest event.

Last Friday, a magnitude 3.8 quake was recorded, the previous Thursday, a magnitude 4.8 earthquake occurred. Other seismic activity has included several quakes measuring from 4.1 to 5.1 in magnitude.

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