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Major earthquake rocks region

A major earthquake which happened just off the Venezuelan coast around 5:30pm on Tuesday has also impacted a number of Caribbean nations such as Barbados, Guyana, and Trinidad & Tobago.

The United States Geological Survey registered the quake to be approximately 7.0 in magnitude.

The tremor’s epicentre was reportedly located 100 kilometres from Trinidad & Tobago’s capital city, Port of Spain.

The quake also caused structural damage to a number of buildings in the twin island republic.

Despite being a major earthquake, there have been no reported major injuries, so far.

This latest tremor that rocked the region has, however, moved the BVI’s Department of Disaster Managment (DDM) to issue a safety reminder to residents.

“The DDM takes this time to remind the BVI community that we live in a seismically active zone, which makes the territory vulnerable to earthquakes,” the DDM said.

It added: “During an earthquake it is important to stay calm, if you are inside stay there, move away from ceiling fans, glass windows and doors or anything that may fall. Get under a desk or sturdy piece of furniture cover your head and hold on. If outdoors, move into an open area away from trees, building, or utility wires and poles.”

“The more you move the more likely you are to be hurt, so refrain from entering or exiting a building at the time of the impact,” the DDM continued.

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  1. Fen goh says:

    I recent
    Y went to the police station and was turned away because of the great repair being done. Cud is to the workmen they’re good. The staff could not work under the condition with all the dust from drilling and rightly office was closed to protect the customers and workers as well. But what provisions did the hr, bs manager or the commissioner make for the Officers? My God how long should they sit out under the tree? Well this is the sacrifice the officers have to make or are they being shown how little they are cared for? This work must have been planned so is compromising officers health and safety part of it?

  2. Thanks DDM says:

    Good advice DDM. Funny how we run drills multiple times a year for tsunamis that we have never seen but do not seem to have much in place for natural disasters that we actually are more likely to see.

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