Nat­u­ral Disas­ter Dou­ble At­tack

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

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.

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