Message: A 6.2 magnitude earthquake jolted Trinidad and Tobago and was felt in Grenada on Tuesday December 06, 2016.

According to the University of the West Indies (UWI) Seismic Research Centre (SRC) the 6.2 magnitude earthquake occurred at 5:42PM (Local Time) at a depth of 29KM. The earthquake was located Latitude 11.04N and Longitude 60.70W at 15.0 km SSE of Scarborough Trinidad and Tobago. The following aftershocks were also recorded within the same vicinity:


  1. 3.9 magnitude at 30 km depth 6:02 pm (local time) 11.10N 60.82W 13.0 km SW of Scarborough, Trinidad and Tobago
  2. 4.4 magnitude at 5 km depth 11:38 pm (local time) 11.30N 60.96W 28.0 Km NW of Scarborough, Trinidad and Tobago
  3. 4.9 magnitude at 17 km depth 12:24 am (local time) 11.20N 60.88 W 16.0 km W of Scarborough, Trinidad and Tobago
  4. 3.7 magnitude at 5 km depth 3.46 am (local time) 11.28N 60.97W 28.0 km NW of Scarborough, Trinidad and Tobago

The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) made contact with the National Disaster Coordinators in Trinidad and Tobago and Grenada and the following was reported:

Trinidad and Tobago

  • No reported related injuries
  • No major structural damage reported (collapse buildings, structural failures etc), just some cracks in walls reported in Tobago
  • Assessments are ongoing
  • A Situation Report will be forwarded at noon today (December 07, 2016).


The National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA) Grenada reported that the 6.2 magnitude earthquake was felt in Grenada but there have been no reports of damage.

The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre (UWISRC)

The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre (UWISRC) reported that they have issued the automated reports and have done a number of press interviews relating to the event. A formal release is being prepared and will be shared shortly.

CDEMA Coordinating Unit

The CDEMA CU remains in regular contact with the National Disaster Coordinators and will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary.

During an Earthquake We should…

  • Minimize your movements to a few steps to a nearby safe place and stay indoors until the shaking has stopped and you are sure exiting is safe.
  • Be aware that some earthquakes are actually foreshocks and a larger earthquake might occur.
  • It is important to take quick action to be safe when the ground first starts to shake.
  • Don't wait until you're certain an earthquake is actually occurring.
  • At the first sign of the earth shaking, if you are in a building, stay inside and away from windows.

Drop, Cover, and Hold on

  • DROP under a heavy desk or table,
  • COVER your head and torso, and
  • HOLD ON to the furniture.

If you can't get under something strong, go to an interior wall and sit with your bottom and feet flat on the floor and protect your head. If you are outside, go to an open area.

Stay away from the kitchen. The kitchen is the highest hazard area in the home. There may be moving appliances and flying dishes. There may be gas or water pipes leaking. This may lead to fire or flooding.

After an Earthquake We should...

  • Check for fires
  • Check Utilities - shut off if necessary
  • Check your house for serious damage - evacuate if there's threat of collapse
  • Check for injuries - administer First Aid
  • Be prepared for more earthquake tremors or aftershocks
  • Turn on a transistor radio for emergency bulletins.
  • Stay away from landslide-prone areas.
  • Stay away from buildings that may have been damaged or weakened by the earthquake
  • Be aware of Tsunami Threats – move away from direct coastal areas

We should not...

  • Light a match or turn on a light switch. Use a flashlight!
  • Touch fallen power lines
  • Go to the beach to watch for giant sea waves
  • Go sightseeing! Keep the streets clear for the passage of emergency and rescue vehicles
  • Attempt to move seriously injured persons unless they are in danger of further injury
  • Use your telephone, except for a medical or fire emergency.

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CONTACT DETAILS: The CDEMA CU 24-hour contact number 1 (246) 434-4880