The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, ODPEM, says there’s been no increase in earthquake frequency across the region in recent months.

Director General of ODPEM, Major Clive Davis, says Jamaica experienced 14 felt earthquakes in 2018.

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Major Davis says the eastern Caribbean experienced about 40 minor quakes last year. He says there were also three tsunami alerts.

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There were 17 major earthquakes across the world last year that led to more than 3-thousand deaths.

Major Davis says ODPEM will soon embark on what he calls the largest ever earthquake drill in the country. He says almost every school across the country will participate.

Meanwhile, Local Government Minister, Desmond McKenzie, says because of the devastation that can be caused by an earthquake it’s important for people to be prepared all year round. He says the government is also playing its part with the passage of the Building Act, that’s set to come into effect tomorrow.

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Both were speaking at an Earthquake and Tsunami Awareness press conference at ODPEM’s New Kingston offices this morning. Both the Jamaica Fire Brigade and the Ministry of Health say they’re ready to respond should the country be seriously affected by an earthquake or tsunami.