Strong Earthquake Shakes Guadeloupe, Antigua and Barbuda


Above: a map of the quake (graphic: United States Geological Survey)

By the Caribbean Journal staff

A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake caused shaking in Antigua and Barbuda and Guadeloupe on Friday morning, according to data from the United States Geological Survey.

The quake struck at around 7:01 AM local time at a depth of about 24 kilometres.

Its epicentre was 113 kilometres northeast of Grand Anse in Guadeloupe and about 155 kilometres east of St John’s, Antigua and Barbuda.

It was the latest in a string of moderate to strong earthquakes in the Caribbean region in recent months.

It was the strongest earthquake in the Caribbean Sea since a 6.4-magnitude quake struck Puerto Rico in January.

The quake was followed by several aftershocks of around 4.8 to 5.0 magnitude on the Richter scale. There were also reports of shaking around the Eastern Caribbean region, including in Dominica.

There were not yet any reports of damage or injuries resulting from the quake.