Seismic Research Centre Putting Data together on Earthquake felt in St. Kitts and Nevis

The Seismic Research Centre at St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, which has responsibility for monitoring earthquakes in the Caribbean, including St. Kitts and Nevis, reported that on Wednesday 4th July, 2012 at 5:29pm local time an earthquake occurred just East of Anguilla. The event was located at 18.20°N and 62.92°W. The magnitude was 4.6 and the depth 84km. It was reported as felt in Anguilla, St. Maarten and St. Kitts.

They cautioned however that these results are preliminary and may vary slightly when additional data is processed. It is said that the tremor was felt as far south as Barbados.

Though there have been some unconfirmed reports of damage in Nevis following last no major effects have been reported by local authorities.

For most residents the seismic activity occurred just as folks were making their way home from work and though there was some concern raised by those experiencing the tremor, citizens remained relative calm about the incident. It did manage however to generate much discussion and caused various rumours to circulate.

Though local officials said they are appreciative of receiving reports of possible damage or other experiences citizens should refrain from causing unnecessary alarm, through the dissemination of false reports and other information.

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