Sunday, August 07, 2011

Harmless moderate earthquake near St. Lucia, Martinique and Barbados

Last update: August 7, 2011 at 6:30 am by By Armand Vervaeck and James Daniell 1 Comment

Quake Flash reports are used by to report on earthquakes which we categorize as ‘probably not dangerous‘, but scared a lot of people living above it. The magnitudes may be in between M 3.0 or M 5.0, depending how used people are to earthquakes in that part of the world.
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Just after midnight local time a moderate earthquake struck below the sea-floor of the triangle St. Lucia, Martinique and Barbados.
Based on the first I Have Felt It reports from the area, this earthquake has been felt as a “light shaking” (MMI IV) in Saint Lucia and as a weak shaking (MMI III)  in Martinique, Barbados and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
The distance from the epicenter (in between Saint Lucia and Barbados) to the nearest populated island is too big to generate any damage or injuries.

I Have Felt It reports as received by
Sandals Grande St. Lucian, Gros Islet, St. Lucia : First time feeling an earthquake.  Totally felt the earth moving.  Everything started shaking in our rooms!  Went on for about 30 seconds (maybe felt that long because it was my first one).  Started getting scared when it wouldn’t stop and I told my husband, should we get under a door Sill? (Moderate Shaking MMI V indicated)
Micoud, St.Lucia : The noise which preceded and consequently accompanied the actual shaking was a bit ominous for me since I reside next to the sea in Micoud, St. Lucia. I thought it was a tsunami approaching! Fortunately everything subsided rather quickly. (Light Shaking MMI IV indicated)

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : 5.0
UTC Time : Sunday, August 07, 2011 at 04:01:11 UTC
Local time at epicenter : Sunday, August 07, 2011 at 12:01:11 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 38 km
Geo-location(s) :
72 km (44 miles) ESE of CASTRIES, St. Lucia
113 km (70 miles) NW of BRIDGETOWN, Barbados
116 km (72 miles) SE of FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique