Light Earthquake in Caribbean Sea Near Antigua

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On the morning of June 11, 2024, a light earthquake with a magnitude of 3.0 was recorded in the Caribbean Sea near Desirade Island, Guadeloupe.

The quake occurred at 9:35 am local time (GMT -4) at a shallow depth of 10.2 km (6 miles).

Despite its proximity to Antigua and Barbuda, located just 47 km (29 miles) away from the epicenter, there have been no reports of the earthquake being felt by residents.CLICK HERE TO JOIN OUR WHATS APP GROUP

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) was the first to report the earthquake approximately 32 minutes after it occurred.

The quake’s epicenter was pinpointed at a latitude of 16.8132°N and a longitude of 61.2947°W. The nearest larger town to the epicenter is Anse-Bertrand in Guadeloupe, which is about 44 km (27 miles) away, where people might have experienced very weak shaking.

The shallow depth of the quake means that it could have potentially been felt by people nearby, but the lack of reports suggests that its impact was minimal.

This earthquake, while relatively minor, serves as a reminder of the seismic activity in the region.

The nearest volcano, Soufrière de Guadeloupe, is located 94 km (58 miles) from the epicenter, highlighting the volcanic and seismic dynamics of the area.

Residents of Antigua and Barbuda and other nearby islands are advised to stay informed about seismic activity and to be prepared for any future events, even those of a minor nature.

While this quake did not cause any noticeable impact, awareness and preparedness are key in a region prone to such natural occurrences.

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