Abnormal Waves at Maracas Bay, Trinidad

St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago W.I. – October 17th, 2005 – On Sunday October 16th, waves surpassing their normal height were reportedly seen at Maracas Bay along Trinidad’s north coast. Records at the Seismic Research Unit show absolutely no evidence of any earthquakes occurring in the region to generate these waves. Scientists have concluded that these waves were not related to any hydro-geologic phenomena and they therefore cannot be classified as tsunamis.

The Seismic Research Unit of the University of the West Indies is the agency responsible for monitoring earthquakes and volcanoes for the English-speaking islands of the Eastern Caribbean. Although coastal hazards such as this fall outside of the purview of the Unit, scientists will be conducting further investigations to better understand this phenomena.