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Cayman Islands Earthquake Shakes Region Still Further

By Sue Richards last modified Jan 21, 2010 07:57 PM

Published: 2010-01-21 19:57:43
Countries: Cayman Islands

As reported by Cruising Compass

The Cayman Islands were hit by 5.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Tuesday (19 January 2010) at 9:23 AM EST. The quake's epicenter was 40 miles form the capital, George Town, at a depth of 6.2 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The Cayman Islands earthquake is just the latest in the Caribbean Region, which is still recovering from the Haiti earthquake of a week ago. On Monday, a 6.0 earthquake hit Guatemala and parts of El Salvador. In that earthquake, however, no damage was reported.

At this time there have been no reports of more than minor damage or any injuries in the Cayman Island earthquake event. A tsunami alert was briefly issued and then cancelled after the Cayman Islands earthquake struck.

All of these recent quakes have struck on or near the fault that lies between the North American and Caribbean tectonic plates. The Cayman Islands earthquake was at the approximate depth as the Haiti quake. However, the fault that affected Haiti runs right through the island.

From: Image: 10-degree map showing the location of the recent earthquake. Source: USGS.