Major earthquake, tsunami in the Caribbean worries St Lucia prime minister

“There has been considerable anxiety and concern about earthquakes in the Caribbean. It is true to say that over the past 24 months, there have been several mini earthquakes and scientists have warned us that our region should prepare for the big one, meaning at some point there might well be a major earthquake in the region,” Anthony said as he accepted an US$10,000 donation from Chile in the aftermath of the destruction caused by the low level trough that affected the island over the Christmas Season.

“Over the past few days, I have been thinking of asking our emergency organization to begin to intensify their efforts to sensitize St Lucians about the possibility of a major earthquake and an accompanying tsunami,” Anthony added.

Last week, several Caribbean countries including St. Lucia and Barbados were jolted by a 6.4 magnitude earthquake with the Director of the Seismic Research Unit of the University of the West Indies, Dr. Joan Latchman indicating this was the “biggest” quake to occur in the Barbados zone since 1980.

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”This earthquake is reminding us that the processes which generate these large earthquakes are alive and well. They are continuing. And therefore we need to be prepared,” Latchman told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC).

Anthony said the region could benefit from the knowledge and technical expertise of Chile, recalling that he had made a request to the Chilean President at the just concluded CELAC meeting in Cuba.

“We are going to need the support and help of Chile, because unfortunately, Chile has been a victim of earthquakes and tsunamis and has accumulated considerable experience over the last few years.

“We would therefore welcome support and assistance from Chile, to help St. Lucia prepare for such an eventuality.” 

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