Dominica and French islands rattled by earthquake

An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.9 rattled parts of Dominica and the French islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe on Monday (Dec 30), the Trinidad-based Seismic Research centre (SRC) of the University of the West Indies (UWI) has reported.

It said that the quake was located Latitude: 15.79N, Longitude: 61.41W and at a depth of 10 kilometres (km). It was felt 53 km south-south east of Point-à-Pitre, in Guadeloupe, 54 miles north of Roseau, the Dominica capital and 137 km north-north west of Fort-de-France in Martinique.

The SRC said there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The earthquake is the latest in a series of earth tremors that have affected several Caribbean islands. Last Thursday—less than 24 hours after several Caribbean countries were jolted by an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.2—the SRC reported that a stronger quake had been felt in some other territories.

The SRC said that the earthquake with a magnitude of 4.7 jolted the islands of Antigua and Barbuda and Dominica as well as the French island of Guadeloupe. It followed a quake with a magnitude of 4.2 rocked islands in the Eastern Caribbean.