Magnitude 5.8 quake rattles Trinidad, nearby islands

2016-12-07 12:36
A coast guard vessel patrols the coast of Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. (Thomas Coex/AFP)

A coast guard vessel patrols the coast of Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. (Thomas Coex/AFP)

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Port-of-Spain – A strong earthquake rattled Trinidad and Tobago and nearby Caribbean islands on Tuesday but there were no reports of any significant damage or injuries.

The 5.8 magnitude quake hit late on Tuesday afternoon and was felt widely in this twin-island republic off the coast of Venezuela. It was also felt on the neighbouring islands of Grenada and St Vincent.

The shaking was strong enough in Trinidad's capital, Port-of-Spain, that some workers streamed out of office towers and into the streets.

The temblor was centred about 25km southwest off the city of Scarborough on the island of Tobago, according to the US Geological Survey. It had a depth of roughly 35km.

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