Earthquake occurred north of the Paria Peninsula

Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, February 4, 2011,  (NEMO) - According to information received from the Seismic Research Centre (SRC), University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and the Soufriere Monitoring Unit, Ministry of Agriculture, at 8:16 am today, February 4, 2011, an earthquake of magnitude 5.1 occurred north of the Paria Peninsula between Trinidad and Venezuela.

The earthquake was felt in Trinidad, St. Vincent, St. Lucia and Grenada. The event was located at 11.36°N and 61.87°W with a depth of 144km. No damage or injuries were reported. These results are preliminary and may vary slightly when additional data is processed.

The following are measures that can be taken to protect lives and increase chances of survival during an earthquake:

  • If inside Drop, Cover and Hold on to a sturdy structure
  • If outside stay in an open space.
  • If no sturdy cover is available Drop, Cover and Hold your head to protect it.
  • Remain in place until the shaking stops
  • Stay away from doors and windows
  • Stay away from falling objects
  • If you are driving, stop in an open area and stay inside the vehicle.

After an earthquake it is important to do the following:

  • Check for injuries to yourself and persons around you
  • Check for damage to your property
  • Only use your cell phone if there is an emergency.
  • Assist others if you can

The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) will be focusing on Geological Hazards, which includes earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis during the months of March and April as part of their Public Education and Awareness Campaign "Better Be Ready".

Ms. Michelle Forbes , Director (Ag)
National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO)
Ministry of National Security
St. Vincent and the Grenadines; West Indies
Tel: 784-456-2975, ext. 550; Fax 784-457-1691
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