Dominica, French Islands 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 a.m. (local time), was located latitude 15.79N, Longitude: 61.41W and at a depth of 10 kilometres (km).

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

The SRC said that there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage and that 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.

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