Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique rattled by earthquake

An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.9 rattled parts of Dominica and the French islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe on Monday, the Trinidad-based Seismic Research centre (SRC) of the University of the West Indies (UWI) has reported.

It said that the quake, which occurred at 11.10 am (local time), was located Latitude 15.79N, Longitude 61.41W and at a depth of 10 kilometres (km).

It was felt 53 km south-southeast of Point-à-Pitre, in Guadeloupe, 54 miles north of Roseau, the Dominica capital and 137 km north-northwest of Fort-de-France in Martinique.

The SRC said there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage and the earthquake is the latest in a series of earth tremors that have affected several Caribbean islands.

Last Thursday, less than 24 hours after several Caribbean countries were jolted by an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.2, the SRC reported that a stronger quake had been felt in some other territories.

The SRC said that the earthquake with a magnitude of 4.7 jolted the islands of Antigua and Barbuda and Dominica as well as the French island of Guadeloupe. It followed a quake with a magnitude of 4.2 rocked islands in the Eastern Caribbean.