Barbados Shaken by 6.9 Quake


A 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Barbados this morning.

The Seismic Research Centre at the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago, says the quake occurred at 6:52 this morning.

There were no reports of injuries or damage.

The quake was only slightly less powerful than the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti, which registered 7 on the Richter scale.

However, citizens Barbados tell Nationwide News they did not feel this morning’s quake.

Director General of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, C-DEMA, Ronald Jackson, says this is likely because the tremor occurred at a depth of 155 kilometers.

Haiti’s earthquake occurred at a depth of only 13 kilometres.

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Ecuador on Saturday is responsible for the death of at least 500 people.

The South American country continues to experience aftershocks, including one registering 6.2 this morning.