Strong earthquake offshore between Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago

A well felt earthquake quite some distance out in the sea in between Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago.
The earthquake was felt in a relatively wide area because of the depth of the hypocenter (breaking point). The deeper the depth, the wider the radius that it will be felt. But also, the deeper the depth the less chance on damage. At depths of 80 km or more, the Magnitude should be M6 or more to become dangerous. The same magnitude at shallow depths and close to the epicenter can be very damaging. does not expect any damage from this earthquake if the provided earthquake data are correct.

74km (46mi) NNE of Gueiria, Venezuela
89km (55mi) NW of Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
102km (63mi) NW of Tunapuna, Trinidad and Tobago
103km (64mi) NW of Paradise, Trinidad and Tobago
106km (66mi) NW of Arouca, Trinidad and Tobago

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Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 5

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2013-02-10 00:57:04

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-02-10 05:27:04

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 88 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Offshore Sucre, Venezuela Feb 10 05:27 5.0 94 MAP I Felt It
  • Couva, Trinidad & Tobago - Extremely weak shaking lasting no more than 3 seconds
  • Caroni, Trinidad and Tobago - i heard a noise and thought it was the wind then i feel the shakingand saw the fan shaking and more noise it lasted about 10 sec or more ave please send any info about the sizeof it
  • Caribbean - Alot of shaking
  • Port of Spain, Ttrinidad - Very heavy shaking of the building, haven't felt one so strong in a long time.
  • Grenada - Floor and bed shook momentarily for 5 seconds
  • Trinidad - I was sleeping start slow then very strong for a few seconds
  • Santa Cruz - very strong shaking last 15 seconds
  • Endeavour, Chaguanas - It lasted for a few seconds. I heard a rumble and then it faded. I felt it shaking and the dogs were barking.
  • Arima - It was moderate, but lasted a while.
  • West Trinidad - Woke me out of a deep sleep, it seemed to go on for about 10 seconds. It was strong enough to set off car alarms in the area and started a lot of the dogs in the area barking
  • Westmoorings Trinidad - Shaking lasted about 6 seconds. Light shaking, but enough to wake me out my sleep.
  • Port of Spain - It woke me up from my sleep
  • Trinidad and Tobago - Felt two tremors, the first one lighter, the second shook the entire house
  • Maracas Vallley - Woke me out of my sleep.
  • Cascade, Port of Spain - Woke me up!
  • Petit valley, trinidad - Items in my bedroom were shaking.
  • Chaguanas - It lasted a long time. All my cupboard doors were opening and was taking forever to end
  • Maraval, Trinidad - House shoke for 2-3 minutes and slowly subsided. I have never felt an earthquake so bad in the two years I've been living here.
  • Port of Spain - I was awakened out of a my sleep and I said, what is this? Last for about 10secs
  • Moka, Trinidad - Was woken by door rattling in its frame for a few seconds
  • Diego Martin - It was very shaky, it scared me a lot
  • Chaguans - I was sitting quietly on my sofa and felt the sofa sliding! I thought I was tired but then I saw the chandelier shaking then I knew for sure it was an earthquake!
  • San Juan Trinidad - It woke me out of sleep and i felt everywhere shaking, i thought my roof was going to fall, truly scary
  • Diego martin - Strong Shake, woke me up.
  • chaguaramas - woke up because my bed was shaking
  • Alyce Glen, Petit Valley - I'd just settled into bed and had just turned off the lights when I heard the rumbling, followed by light shaking, then moderate shaking. From rumbling to moderate shaking, lasted about 15 seconds. I looked at my phone and it was exactly 1:30 a.m. No visible cracks to the house and no damage that I could see.
  • Couva - Was watching Glee and felt the bed shake, dogs started to bark and car alarm went off - it scared me
  • Westmoorings - it felt strong and seemed to last longer than normal. We did not feel any aftershocks though....were there any?
  • Paramin Maraval, Trinidad - It awoke me from sleep it felt like someone was shaking the bed, it wasn't very strong but it lasted a while
  • Trincity - I did not feel the earthquake around half 1 in the morning, but after 5am, the aftershock woke me up.
  • Diego Martin - Woke me up!
  • Goodwood Park, Trinidad - Deep rumble and shaking of windows and security bars for about 10 seconds. Have never felt one before and it lasted a lot longer than I expected.
  • St Clair, Trinidad - Was sleeping beside the wife. We both woke up and realized the it had been an earthquake.
  • Glencoe T&T - Woke everyone up. lasted 10-15 seconds. Strongest I have felt in T&T; car alarms & house alarms went off. No after shocks felt. Surprised to find out it was so far away (55 miles away)
  • D'abadie, Trinidad - I was reading and listening to music when I heard the galvanised roof of the surrounding houses rattle then I felt the house begin to shake. It all lasted about 10 - 15 seconds. Surprisingly, the dogs around did not bark.
  • St. Augustine - Sitting on the couch it began like a a light shaking then quickly graduated to a heavier one. Felt the couch rock....about 10 seconds
  • Trinidad - Lasted 10 seconds or so!
  • Arouca - Woke me up out of my sleep, the birds in the trees outside woke up also. It lasted about 10 sec.
  • Tunapuna, Trinidad - Felt the shaking, then it stopped for about 3-5 seconds and then started back again a little stronger and for longer
  • Westmoorings - Enough to wake me up
  • St Joseph, Maracas - quite strong. seemed to last for between 5 and ten seconds.
  • Diego Martin - While viewing Panorama finals on tv; suddenly felt the place shaking and my husband and I shouted at the same time, 'earthquake!'. It was a bit strong at first and then it was dying away but it came back very strong so I held on to the space-saver as I felt it would fall and the entire townhouse was rattling loudly as it shook. It was 1.26 a.m. and lasted about 15 second. Scarey.
  • ST.JOSEPH - It woke out my sleep,the whole house was shaking.
  • Cunupia - I Was Out Side and I heard a noise and the all of a sudden the electricity. Pole started shaking it lasted about 5-6 seconds.
  • Maraval - Maraval. A mild shake for about 2 seconds then a large jolt and strong shaking making the entire house rattle for about 6 seconds. There was a roaring noise accompanying the quake.
  • belmont - it was very hard but did not last 2 long thank god for that.
  • Port of Spain - Shook my bed and woke me up. Rumbling heard.
  • Caroni, Trinidad - Moderate shaking
  • Couva Trinidad - Lasted for at least 10 seconds.
  • Champ Fleurs, Trinidad - normal earthquake not bad
  • Grenada - i was wide awake when i felt the whole house shaking and the dogs began to bark.
  • Cunupia - I shock in my chair as did my computer desk. The door which was locked danged like if someone was breaking in. It was strong but thankfully short.
  • St Augustine - Woke up
  • Westmoorings, Port of Spain - Very large noise, then slight shaking for about 2-3 seconds
  • Woodbrook - First ever experience, woke me up apartment wobbling like a jelly and blinds , lights rattling. Lasted about 10 sec, was worried about after shocks...but fell asleep 20 mins later!
  • Power Boats Marina - Our boat is on the hard at Power Boats Marina, balancing on boat props. My son was asleep in the cockpit directly above our sleeping area. The boat started to shake quite strongly. My first thought was that my son was having a seizure, causing the boat to shake violently. The shaking lasted about 10 seconds.
  • Cunupia - the shaking was strong enough to wake me out of sleep. my entire bed shook.
  • Spring Village Valsayn - Already awake, while walking felt the strong earthquake and heard windows making loud rattling sounds
  • Chaguaramas - Wake up trough strong shake.
  • Porlamar, Margarita Island - china rattled in china cabinet
  • Chaguanas - I was looking at a movie,and felt the shake, the lights, the sofa was rocking,it lasted a while.....
  • St, Ann's POS Trinidad - It lasted about 35-40 seconds, longest quake I have ever felt in my life, not strongest but longest.
  • Arima - Whilst my experience is that of the couch shaking and television shaking for about 30 seconds my apartment which is in the centre of the building was different to others a street away. We all heard the rumbling noise but it was a stonger shaking for others.
  • Arima, Trinidad - I heard it before I felt it. I was strong and lasted a while, enough to traumatize a 5 year old lying in bed watching TV and having never felt tremors before
  • Annandale, Grenada - it lasted a long time (longer than i've ever felt)...started at a light shaking then just geared up to moderate shaking which i felt and heard the ground got quiet (maybe because she hid or ran)dishes in the cupboards shook and the entire house shook
  • Grenada - It started in ascending order,started up shaking easily and then the intensity increased. Lasted more than 30 seconds.
  • Mon Desir, Dow Village, South Oropouche - I was watching television when the TV stand started to shake and rock back and forth..also the door was shaking, also heard a rumbling noise..Strongest earthquake I have ever felt.
  • Gasparillo - my family and i felt it when we was going to sleep
  • GEOFON Windward Islands Feb 10 05:27 5.0 85 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Offshore Sucre, Venezuela Feb 10 05:27 5.0 88 MAP I Felt It INFO



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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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