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UWI Seismic Centre records earthquake east of Barbados

For Release Upon Receipt - May 26, 2009

St. Augustine

On Sunday 24th May at 1:13a.m. local time, an earthquake was recorded east of the island of Barbados. According to preliminary data, the earthquake registered a magnitude of 4.4 on the Richter scale, with the epicenter being located at 58.91°N, 65.96°W. The focal depth of the earthquake was 66km. These findings sourced were by The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre (SRC). No reports of any damage due to the earthquake were confirmed.

For the purpose of data collection anyone who felt this earthquake is asked to visit the Seismic Research Centre website at and complete the ‘Did you feel it?’ questionnaire. This detailed website also highlights earthquake safety tips together with details of other geologic events in the Eastern Caribbean. The Sieismic Research centre also offers frequent updates via social networking site Twitter, at  

Please note that these results are preliminary and may vary slightly when additional data is processed. 

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