April, 2017 at 1:23 a.m. local time, the Seismic Research Centre (SRC) recorded
an earthquake that was located north-east of Antigua/south-east of Barbuda with
a preliminary magnitude of 5.8. This is the second earthquake that has occurred
in the magnitude range 5.6-6.0, since 2011.
has received more than 120 felt reports from as far west as St. Kitts and as
far south as Guadeloupe for the 17th April event. This
earthquake has been followed, so far, by more than 500 events in the same
general area, two of which were in the magnitude range 5.1-5.5. Scientists
at the SRC expect that aftershocks should continue for some time.
this most recent earthquake sequence may not necessarily signal a larger earthquake,
the public should be reminded that the Leeward Islands region is an area of
high earthquake activity for the Caribbean. Moderate to significant sized
earthquakes may occur in this region at any time which may impact islands in
this area (St. Kitts-Nevis, Antigua-Barbuda, Montserrat). For this reason measures must always be in
place at an individual, community and national level to protect against the
impact of earthquakes.
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