CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Monday August 8, 2011 – There was some initial alarm, but no damage or injuries, following a moderate earthquake that occurred east of St. Lucia yesterday and was reportedly felt in at least two other Caribbean islands.
The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Unit in Trinidad had initially measured the quake at a magnitude of 5.3 but the US Geological Service put it at 5.0.
The tremor which struck just a minute past midnight, at a depth of 24 miles, was felt in St. Vincent as well as Martinique.
The quake was followed by several aftershocks.
The quake was located 44 miles east southeast of St. Lucia’s capital, Castries, 70 miles northwest of Barbados, and 72 miles southeast of Fort-de-France, Martinique