Earthquake Shakes Barbados And Martinique

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A magnitude 6.5 earthquake shook the Caribbean island of Barbados early Tuesday morning. It was also felt on the nearby island of Martinique.

Barbados Police Constable Chris Greg said that the earthquake was felt all over the island. "It was strong," he said.

The U.S. Geological Survey said that the earthquake hit at a depth of 17 kilometers (10.5 miles) at approximately 5:27 am. The survey also said that the quake was centered nearly 106 miles northeast of Bathsheba, Barbados, and 125 miles east of Le Francois, Martinique.

55-year-old security supervisor Dennis Connell said that he was just waking up when he felt the earthquake, and at first didn't realize what it was. “I felt like the place was spinning,” he said. “I thought I was going sick.”

Judy Thomas, the director of Barbados' Emergency Management Department said that the earthquake didn't last long, but was felt by thousands across the islands. “We're advising people to go about their business as usual,” she explained.

So far, no injuries or any structural damages have been reported. However, Valerie Clouard, the director of Martinique's Volcanic and Seismic Observatory, warned citizens that there is a chance of possible aftershocks throughout the day.

The last earthquake to hit the eastern Caribbean islands was in 2007 when a magnitude-7.4 quake hit northwest of Martinique's coastline. Severe property damage was reported, during that quake.

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