Caribbean Urged to Prepare For Big Earthquake

The  Caribbean has been warned to prepare for a big earthquake, after several parts of the region were  rattled by tremors in recent times.

Over the weekend, the Seismic Research Centre (SRC) at the St Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), said that a burst of 54 earthquakes occurred north of St Kitts during a 21 hour period, CMC reported.

It said that according to the SRC, the biggest had a magnitude of 4.1.

The SRC also reported that a quake measuring 3.8 was recorded Sunday night and was felt 104 kilometres (km) east of Fort-de-France, in Martinique, 117 km north east of Castries in St Lucia and 155 km south east of Roseau, Dominica.

According to CMC, the head of the SRC, Dr Joan Lutchman, has warned that the Caribbean is long overdue a “big one”.

But said that the region should take the signs “very seriously” and predicted that a “big one is coming and it is better to be prepared”.

The last major earthquake to hit the Caribbean occurred in Haiti in 2010 when the magnitude 7.0 quake destroyed several buildings and killed an estimated 200,000 people.