Published on : Sunday, October 13, 2013
A short earthquake rocked the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago, and part of Venezuela on Friday.
The not more than 3 seconds earthquake rocked the Caribbean islands at 10.13 pm (0210 GMT Saturday). The magnitude was 6.1 on the Richter scale and the epicentre of the earthquake was 33 kilometers North of Guiria, Venezuela.
According to radio reports, there have been no injuries or damages.
The quake was reportedly felt strongest in Chaguanas, a town with a population close to 100,000 on the island of Trinidad.
Calling in to her favourite radio station, a woman from Chaguanas said: “I was sitting down watchin’ my parrot. All of a sudden, I realise’ my parrot fall off his stick. Then I realise it is an earthquake.”
As a free service to the world, the United States Geological Survey’s (USGS) Earthquake Hazards Program would normally provide the magnitude within seconds, but thanks to the Republican government shutdown, the data was initially unavailable.
The USGS website had this message on it: “Government Furlough: Due to a lapse in Federal funding, the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program has suspended most of its operations.
While the USGS will continue to monitor and report on earthquake activity, the accuracy or timeliness of some earthquake information products, as well as the availability or functionality of some web pages, could be affected by our reduced level of operation.”
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