4.8 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Antigua

Earthquake Shakes Antigua Antigua St. John's - An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.8 was felt in Antigua and Barbuda and the French island of Martinique Saturday night, but there were no immediate reports of injury of destruction.

The US-based National Earthquake Information Centre said that the quake occurred at 7:50 pm (local time) and had a depth of 20 kilometres. It was located 17.42 north, 62.01 west.

Residents in Antigua and Barbuda said the tremor lasted more than a minute.

Late last month, Antigua and Barbuda and several other countries in the Leeward Islands were rocked by a quake with a magnitude of 5.1, and Saturday night’s earthquake is the latest in a series of tremors that have occurred in several Caribbean countries in recent months.

Earlier this month, Trinidad and Tobago was shaken by a quake with a magnitude of 3.7, as officials warn residents to be prepared for a major earthquake.

The following are things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your property in the event of an earthquake.

To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.

Fasten shelves securely to walls.

Place large or heavy objects on lower shelves.

Store breakable items such as bottled foods, glass, and china in low, closed cabinets with latches.

Fasten heavy items such as pictures and mirrors securely to walls and away from beds, couches and anywhere people sit.

Brace overhead light fixtures and top heavy objects.

Repair defective electrical wiring and leaky gas connections. These are potential fire risks. Get appropriate professional help. Do not work with gas or electrical lines yourself.

Install flexible pipe fittings to avoid gas or water leaks. Flexible fittings are more resistant to breakage.

Secure your water heater, refrigerator, furnace and gas appliances by strapping them to wall studs and bolting to the floor. If recommended by your gas company, have an automatic gas shut-off valve installed that is triggered by strong vibrations.

Repair any deep cracks in ceilings or foundations. Get expert advice if there are signs of structural defects.

Be sure the residence is firmly anchored to its foundation.

Store weed killers, pesticides, and flammable products securely in closed cabinets with latches and on bottom shelves.

Locate safe spots in each room under a sturdy table or against an inside wall. Reinforce this information by moving to these places during each drill.

Hold earthquake drills with your family members: Drop, cover and hold on.

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5 Comments In This Article   



#5 JD » 2013-05-21 17:54

Good to have this information just in case it's needed...



#4 college student » 2013-05-21 10:36

now you making me scare with comment lol

college student

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#3 Christ Child » 2013-05-21 09:00

We need to pray for our nation, that no weapon formed against it shall prosper!

Christ Child

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#2 Duncy Bat » 2013-05-21 08:11

"Repair any deep cracks in ceilings or foundations." Does anyone know if the same recommendation will hold if the cracks are at bottom level?

Duncy Bat

The big one

#1 Skyewill » 2013-05-20 14:23

Sound like a big on is coming.


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