Earthquake In Trinidad: 5.9 Aftershock Hits Trinidad and Tobago After Massive Venezuela Quake

Trinidad and Tobago experienced a 5.9 aftershock Wednesday morning, just 24 hours after a 7.3 earthquake rocked the area, the University of the West Indies (UWI) Seismic Research Centre confirmed.

The UWI Seismic Research Centre confirmed on Wednesday that the aftershock occurred at 9:27 a.m. local time at a depth of 80 kilometers (49 miles). The quake was felt in areas like Carúpano, Venezuela; Maturín, Venezuela and Porlamar, Venezuela, according to the center. Areas in Trinidad also felt the aftershock.

There is no tsunami watch in effect following the aftershock. The center is asking anyone who felt the shock to report it to the research center.

The Trinidad Express reported on Wednesday that electricity, water and communication systems were all working following the aftershock.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) confirmed on Tuesday that a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck near Venezuela. The quake hit around 5:31 EDT and was 30 miles away from Guiria, Sucre, Venezuela. There were reports of people feeling the quake in Trinidad and Tobago, as well as Grenada, according to the USGS.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) announced there was no tsunami threat from the earthquake at 6 p.m. The center had sent out a preliminary report following the quake that “hazardous tsunami waves are possible for coasts located within 300 km of the earthquake epicenter.”

“Minor sea level fluctuations up to 30 cm above and below the normal tide may occur in coastal areas near the earthquake over the next few hours and continuing for up to several hours,” the PTWC said.

Buildings in Caracas were evacuated during the quake, the Associated Press reported. The Trinidad Express reported on Tuesday that people had left their homes while buildings shook. The last strongest earthquake to hit the country was in 1968, according to the research center.

The interior minister of Venezuela, Nestor Luis Reverol, wrote on Twitter on Tuesday authorities were ready to help in case of an emergency. 

"We call all the people of #Venezuela to remain calm," Reverol wrote. 

RTS1Y963 A damaged car and debris are seen on a street after an earthquake struck, in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, August 21, 2018. A 5.9 aftershock was felt in Trinidad and Tobago and parts of Venezuela on Wednesday following the quake, the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre reported. REUTERS/Andrea de Silva

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