Strong earthquake close to Barbuda, Caribbean

Update 07:43 UTC : The map below shows the Shaking Intensities as reported by people to the USGS. They are confirming what we wrote below based on what our readers where reporting to

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Update 07:40 UTC : USGS has in the meantime decreased the Magnitude to M5.3. They have also recalculated the epicenter which is now
38km (24mi) WSW of Codrington, Barbuda
51km (32mi) NW of Saint John's, Antigua and Barbuda
65km (40mi) ENE of Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis
136km (85mi) NNW of Sainte-Rose, Guadeloupe
145km (90mi) NNW of Lamentin, Guadeloupelocated at the following distances

Update 07:38 UTC : Correspondents are talking about a moderate to strong shaking in Barbuda, Codrington.

A  strong earthquake occurred off the coast of Barbuda. As the distance of the epicenter is approx. 50 km from Barbuda, we do think that this earthquake will not generate damage on the island.
The big balloon in the map below this tect was a M7.5 earthquake which occurred in 1974! The red balloon at the top is todays earthquake.

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40km (25mi) NW of Codrington, Barbuda
85km (53mi) NNW of Saint John's, Antigua and Barbuda
87km (54mi) NE of Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis
173km (107mi) NNW of Sainte-Rose, Guadeloupe
181km (112mi) NNW of Lamentin, Guadeloupe

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 5.6

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-04-30 06:57:00

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 38 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Antigua And Barbuda Region Apr 30 06:57 5.4 48 MAP
  • st john - weak shaking about 03:00
  • Basseterre, St Kitts - Around 2:45 am on 30 April, 2013. Picture frame fell off table and lamp crashed to the floor.
  • WCATWC 155 Miles Se Of Settlement Br. Virgin Is. Apr 30 06:57 5.6 38 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • antigua and barbuda - quick like a train was`passing windows shaking
  • Marigolds - It woke us up
  • Basseterre, St. Kitts - Felt like someone knocking at my door first and awoke to the entire house shaking.
  • Ottley's village, st kitts - Woke us up. The whole room was shaking.
  • antigua - was trying to sleep felt the bed shake
  • Cocobay Resort - Around apprx 3 am my wife and I woke up of a moderate shaking.
  • Bolans, Antigua - Bed shook while sleeping, nothing more.
  • Belmont - 2:57 AM 30th April 2013
  • St. John's Antigua - Woke me up out of a deep sleep
  • Nevis - Very scary!
  • Nevis - 3am our time...woke with the door rattling and felt strong shaking only for a couple of seconds.
  • St. Kitts & Nevis - Started with a light shake then escalated to a moderate shake where you really felt the impact.
  • sxm - it was for 3 second i tought the cottage wil collapse.. scary experience...
  • Bolans - Woke me up...bed shaking at 3am
  • Antigua - Just woken by Earthquake shaking my bed and heard glasses rattling in the cabinet (3am)
  • Anguilla - Woke me out of a deep sleep - doors rattling & bed shaking.
  • Sxm - Bem shaking for 4 seconds at 3:00am
  • Codrington Barbuda - I felt it! I actually woke up from it at almost 3 AM. It shook on for about 10-12 seconds. Can't believe others are saying they only felt it for 2 seconds. When it woke me, it went on for 12 seconds or so. It could've been shaking for more than that.
  • St.Eustatius Dutch Caribbean - It woke many from their beds on our island St.Eustatius was very shocking indeed, some was awake ,almost felt like 3 tremors,God has guided and protected us on this isalnd and were all it was felt.One Love Statia and the Caribbean
  • San Juan - Quake began about 2:56 AM lasting over 12 seconds. I was in my armchair when it began to shake; most intense were the last 4 seconds.
  • St. John's/Cedar Grove Village - Lasted about 10 seconds
  • Jolly Harbour - A bit scary at 3 am
  • Cole bay, st maarten - Bed shaking, vibration sounds of objects around
  • Jolly harbour - Felt bed and everything shake at approx 3am for about 10-15 seconds. Was scary!
  • St. Eustatius - Actually woke me up, bed was shaking, vibrating like feeling. Seems to me like 2 tremors with the first more intense than the second one. Was not very heavy but well felt.
  • St. Johns - Beds shaking
  • st eustatius - it was shocking make my heart pump abit faster 'oh an i got a boner dat felt good ha
  • AT&T Mary's Antigua - Started with a deep sound and started to shake in circle growing deeper and stronger.
  • Jennings - Antigua and Barbuda - House was shaking. Living in a wooden house usually intensifies the motion. It was awakening and a little scary at 3am.
  • Saint-Jean /Saint-Barthélemy - it was very scary a modarate shaking and a strong noise
  • Jennings, Antigua - At about 2:57 felt a strong shaking in my room. I live in a wall structure and bed was shaking for about 4secs but felt more like 10secs. Thank God it was only a tremor.
  • Basseterre - It woke me up at 2.58am with the whole house shaking and my bed shaking from side to side
  • Long Bay, Antigua - Heard rumble. Bed shaking side to side. Scary.
  • Hodges Bay - it woke me from sleep
  • Codrington, Barbuda - Didn't feel it at all, must have been fast asleep! - ER : We think so too 🙂
  • saint martin - secousse qui m'a sortit de mon sommeil
  • St John's - 3am I felt a light shaking then the bed shook
  • Simpson Bay SXM - In a hotel on the beach. Woke us up, Thought about running outside but then it stopped. After a few seconds I heard the pool spilling over 3 times.
  • St Eustatius - There was a tremor around 2.20 am was not loud I felt it but dozed back to sleep but just before 3 am I heard this rumbling sound then everything began to shake even the dogs began barking loudly and the fowls began making melody. All I did was just pray that everyone is safe.
  • St Eustatius - I experience 2 of them ,one was somewhere after 2am, but light, but then just before 3am was when the big one hit,it came with a rumbling sound , then everything began to shake even the dogs and fowls were making sounds that they too were experiencing something.
  • Grand Case, St. Martin - 2:50am - awoken by bed shaking for several seconds.
  • Merlette, St-Barthélemy - Réveillée dans la nuit, mon lit bougeais! Secousse forte et bréve.
  • Nevis - It woke me up, by the time I realised waht was happening and sat up in bed it was over, thank you God. I was so scared as immediately my mind went to Haiti and how they must have been scared when they had their earthquake.
  • CAPESTERRE GUADELOUPE - It wakes me up but I did not realised why
  • Saint-Barthélemy - I was sleeping. Woke up and wondering "wtf was that ?."
  • Sandals Resort - Around 3:00 AM the door started rattling and the bed rocked back and forth for several seconds. I didn't hear any noise, and it was quiet after than.
  • EMSC Antigua And Barbuda Region Apr 30 06:56 5.4 48 MAP
    USGS Antigua And Barbuda Region, Leeward Islands Apr 30 06:56 5.6 38 MAP
    USGS Antigua And Barbuda Region, Leeward Islands Apr 30 06:56 5.3 48 MAP
    GEOFON Leeward Islands Apr 30 06:56 5.3 41 MAP



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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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