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Quake rocks SKN, USVI and other Caribbean islands

NEMA (National Emergency Management Agency) has confirmed to the VONNEWSLINE that St. Kitts and Nevis was rocked by an Earthquake, with persons reporting they felt the quake.




The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has reported two significant seismic events, an earthquake of magnitude 6.6 in the North Atlantic Ocean and a subsequent magnitude 4.2 tremor in the Leeward Islands Monday afternoon.




The larger earthquake sent tremors that were felt in the U.S. Virgin Islands and other Caribbean islands. The first earthquake struck in the North Atlantic Ocean at a depth of 10 km and was primarily located 274.4 km north-northeast of Codrington, Antigua and Barbuda. The first VITEMA alert was received at about 4:49 p.m.




Just over half an hour later, at 5:22 p.m, a second seismic event was recorded. This time, a magnitude 4.2 earthquake was detected in the Leeward Islands. The earthquake’s epicenter was located at a depth of 9 km. It was noted to be 250.6 km north-northeast of Codrington, Antigua, and Barbuda, and as far as 389.8 km north of Sainte-Rose, Guadeloupe.




There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The quake was also felt in the BVI and Puerto Rico, with persons reporting they experienced at least one aftershock after the initial tremor.