Trinidad ‘shook’ by earthquake

3rd Dec 2004

There are reports coming in that an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.0 on the Richter Scale has shook the eastern coast of Trinidad.Preliminary information from the Seismic Research Unit (SRU) at the St Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies is that it occured at a depth of 30 kilometers about 10 kilometers off the east coast. This is preliminary information which is to be updated by SRU.

SRU reported that residents of Mayaro felt the earthquake strongly. Information is still being gathered on whether there has been any damage.

A MAGNITUDE of 5.0 on the Richter Scale is equivalent to an INTENSITY of VI to VII on the Modified Mercalli Scale. The intensity refers to how it is felt on land while the magnitude is used by seismologist to measure the energy of the wave.



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