Scientists predict major earthquake in the Caribbean

earthquakeCaribbean countries in the near future expects massive earthquake. This forecast was made director of the seismic studies University of the West Indies Joan Lachman.

In the vicinity of Barbados February 18 earthquake of magnitude 6.7. This is the most powerful earthquake that occurred in the region over the past 33 years. It affected not only in Barbados, but the territory of Martinique, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. According to Joan Lachman, this earthquake was not expected in this region, reports the publication Prensa Latina. According to information obtained from the U.S. Geological Survey, this earthquake occurred northeast of Barbados at 5:27 am local time. Its center lies at a depth of 20 kilometers.

Tremors lasted about 20 seconds. The incident resulted in no permits, no casualties. This earthquake reminds us that the processes that generate such powerful earthquakes, active, and so we must be ready, – said Joan Lachman.

She recalled that since the beginning of this year in the region recorded a significant increase in seismic activity. We can not say the exact day, hour or place, but there are some areas in the eastern part of the Caribbean, where a strong earthquake could happen – said seismologist. In Caribbean countries already have the sad experience of dealing with the consequences of powerful aftershocks.

So, in 2007, an earthquake in the north of Martinique suffered greatly infrastructure and private property of residents of Barbados. Earlier, in 1953, Barbados was also hit by an earthquake in the area of Saint Lucia. It was after this disaster and the authorities began to take active measures to prevent and counter the impact of earthquakes.

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