Natural Disaster Double Attack
The “all clear” from the National Emergency Management Authority (NEMO) didn’t come until late morning yesterday after Tropical Storm Kirk safely passed Saint Lucia. But the howling winds had barely subsided before parts of the island jolted from the shaking earth at around 8:30a.m. The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre confirmed that a 5.6 magnitude earthquake occurred at 8:32a.m. It affected Dominica, Martinique and Saint Lucia all of which felt tremors as it was detected at latitude 15.11N and longitude 60.43W at 10km deep. All three islands were still under tropical storm warning at the time.
Locals described the quake coming in two parts first thinking it was fizzling away and then feeling a second harsher jolt that followed. According to preliminary, computerized information from the UWI, SRC another tremor happened at 9:27a.m. and occurred at latitude 15.08N and longitude 60.25W.
This comes about a mere five weeks after the fatal 7.3 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Venezuela on August 21, 2018 that was felt as far away as Saint Lucia.
No damages were reported at press time due to the earthquake in addition to the flooding, property damage and utility troubles caused by Tropical Storm Kirk.
The public is advised to take heed of earthquake and hurricane safety tips available from NEMO as Saint Lucia is in an earthquake and hurricane zone.