Very Strong earthquake near coast of Venezuela (Guiria) - felt in Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, etc

Update : Funvisis Venezuela reports a Moment Magnitude of Mw5.6 at a depth of 68 km.
The earthquake was located 26 km northeast of Güiria, with a depth of 67.9 km
The quake was felt in towns of Anzoategui, Delta Amacuro, Nueva Esparta, Monagas, Bolivar and in parts of Caracas.

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The quake occurred in a moderate depth of 79 km, which lowers the Intensity and the damage potential, but increases the area, where the quake was felt. Reports indicate that it was felt on the southern Antilles, St. Lucia as the northernmost, northeastern Venezuela (including Caracas) and Guayana (especially in Georgetown).
No serious damage was reported so far. Only some power outages occurred on Guilia (Venezula) and some places in Trinidad and Tobago.


Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2013-10-11 21:40:23

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-10-12 02:10:23

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 83 km

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
WCATWC Near Coast Of Venezuela Oct 12 02:11 6.0 84 MAP
USGS Gueiria, Venezuela Oct 12 02:10 6.1 79 MAP
EMSC Gulf Of Paria, Venezuela Oct 12 02:10 6.0 75 MAP
GEOFON Near Coast Of Venezuela Oct 12 02:10 6.0 83 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Arima, Trinidad and Tobago - Moderate shaking for about 30 seconds. No sounds were heard. Heavy objects were being rocked as the shaking continued.
  • St. George's, Grenada - Felt in apartment, furniture shaking
  • Georgetown. Guyana - Moderate shaking over a period of about 30 seconds
  • Santa Elena de Uairén Venezuela - 10:09pm october 11th 2013
  • Port of Spain - At 10:18 pm Friday 11/10/2013 Moderate shaking lasting approximately about 3 to 4 seconds My Family and I are still shaken from the experience Thanks for maintaining us informed Best Regards Trinidad & Tobago
  • San Juan,Trinidad - Open door was shaking and mirror on wall was shaking also. It was light didn't cause any damage.
  • Trinidad - Was felt in south Trinidad. Was strong and lasted long.
  • Georgetown, Guyana - Slight swaying, nothing serious
  • SGU, Grenada - Whole apartment building shook.
  • Chaguanas - Indoors when it happened, moderate shaking.
  • Trinidad & Tobago - I was asleep but, woke up to the tremor. It lasted a while
  • Chaguanas - No damages but strong shaking
  • Grenada - 20 seconds tremor
  • Puerto Ordaz - 12 floor buliding
  • Grenada - The shaking went on for a little while.
  • Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago - lasted about 25 seconds. about 5 seconds from initial to peak intiensity. about 10 seconds at peak intensity. almost linear decrease in intensity until no longer felt. Car alarms went off, coconut trees and power lines shook. heard a soft rumble. Dogs were barking. no known building damage. got calls from family and friends asking if we felt the earthquake
  • Georgetown, Guyana - Felt it, appliances shook in house.
  • Georgetown, Guyana - Felt shaking for approx 20secs on lower floor of concrete structure. E-W direction. Startled bird from nearby roost.
  • St. George's - My whole building shook
  • Barrackpore - There was nothing serious...I was at my desk, no items were displaced!!! Not very strong at all!!!
  • Petit Valley, Port-of-Spain - The house shook for about 7 seconds. Hairline cracks on walls developed
  • Curepe - Just went on bed then I felt it slightly and then it started to rock my wardrobes door opened up with that
  • Micoud, St.Lucia - Very slight shaking. Wasn't felt for long, just a few seconds.
  • Sangre Grande - Just got to bed and bed shake stronly lasted 2-3 seconds
  • Barrackpore - Felt pretty strong, lasted the longest I've ever felt. Linear decrease in shaking. Was at least 30 seconds. Seems it was felt all throughout Trinidad.
  • Georgetown, Guyana, South America - Furniture shaking
  • Georgetown, Guyana - I thought some thing was in my chair, soon as I felt it too be a moment to process it tho leave house tho
  • D'Abadie - Small thing
  • Reform village - the whole house was shaking
  • Chaguanas - Occurred just after 10pm est
  • Saint George's - felt through concrete house windows rattled
  • Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia - Very feeble tremor for 10-20 seconds here in southern town of Saint Lucia.
  • Guyana Berbice - I was sitting on my couch when I felt the weak shaking it last about 10 seconds.
  • Ciudad Guayana - duracion unos 30 segundos con ruido de baja frecuencia fuerte bastante ritmico
  • Blue Range, Diego Martin, Trinidad - Was on second floor at time. Very severe shaking. My TV shook back & forth. It seemed to go on for more than 20 seconds.
  • Valle de la Pascua - Inside house. Shaking 3-5 seconds
  • Tunapuna.Trinidad y Tobago - me asuste muchisimo primero fue una sacudida suave inicial que despues fue seguido por otra mas fuerte que duro alrededor de 25 segundos me hizo sentir insegura, me han llamado de varios lugares aqui diciendome que sintieron lo mismo, gracias por mantenernos informados
  • Fyzabad - Was watching TV and the house began to undulate. Door shook for about 15 sec. Frightening in that all felt earthquake are scary.
  • Petit Valley - It started with slight shaking getting stronger. It lasted for what seemed to be a long time but was probably less than 15 seconds. My daughter screamed and ran for the door. Car alarms started going off.
  • Georgetown, Guyana - my house shook for about 4 seconds
  • Arima - It was really strong in Arima.The roof shook my floor moved.Boy I was scared.
  • Tucupita, Delta Amacuro - Nos habiamos acostado cuando comenzó el temblor. Vivimos en el primer piso y sentimos temblando primero el piso, despues las paredes y luego el techo. Duró como 30 segundos. Nos asustamos.
  • Boa Vista - Senti o tremor quando estava deitada no sofá e era como se alguém agitasse o sofá. Sensação horrível.
  • Cascade - Had me in a doorway! Lasted 15-20 seconds, with some windows rattling and pots clattering, but I don't think anything fell.
  • Puerto Ordaz - 7 story apartment building swayed very noticable. No apparent damage. Fairly long duration > 15 seconds.
  • Pt Lisas, California, Trinidad - Approximately 2210 hours 11th October 2013. Sitting at desk with Laptop, instant rocking of the desk commenced. Lasted for about 30 - 45 seconds, felt longer. Very strong for about half the time, slowly tapering off. Felt the entire room shaking, cabinets, doors rattling - was downstairs of house - would have been stronger if upstairs. No damages seen, will check outside in the morning. learned it was 6.1, epicenter Point Fortin, south Trinidad, about 60 km from Pt Lisas.
  • Scarborough,Tobago - Slow shaking without any accompanying noise
  • Grenada - felt while drifting off to sleep
  • Grenada - St.Patricks - My house literarily danced through out the shaking about 30secs
  • Westmoorings, Trinidad - The house moved side to side, glass rattled and doors opened. Went on for few minutes with mild rumbling.
  • Boa Vista/Roraima/Brasil - Estava deitando quando percebi que a cama se tremia então levantei e percebi que algumas coisas balançavam. Isso levou aproximadamente uns 15 segundos.
  • San Juan, Trinidad - it lasted quite a long time.
  • Calder Ridge, St. Vincent and the Grenad - Felt my chair shaking, saw my computer shaking. It was about 10-12 seconds long.
  • Grenville, Grenada - Felt strong shaking... Things fell of the shelf in the kitchen shelf and broke... Other family members from different areas felt the same thing
  • Westmoorings - it seemed to last an extremely long time. We had time to get out keys and unlock the front door, run to the road and it was still shaking.
  • petit valley - strongest I've felt in over ten years
  • Chaguanas - Very strong shaking. Lasting about 25 seconds.
  • Penal - Had a realy scary few second there, felt that ti lasted longer that it should.
  • El Socorro/ San Juan - my daughter and i were just about to head upstairs...our birds were ruffled...they were flapping their wings just seconds before....the 2 cars rocked violently!
  • Scarborough,Tobago - Light,but noticeable shaking...moveable items such as mirrors conveyed the shaking
  • St. Mark, Grenada - It was very scary
  • Trinidad and Tobago - It was strong
  • Petit Valley - Dogs went crazy barking. Pretty significant shaking for about 30 seconds - very light shaking for another 15-20 seconds afterward. Alarms went off. No structural damage but things were shaken off shelves and a frame fell off the wall.
  • Da'badie - Whole house was shaking including furniture. Very scary.
  • San Juan - lasted for about 30 seconds, hope its over......bless
  • Diamond Vale, Diego Martin - It was the strongest quake we have felt in many years and the rumbling sound accompanying it was really scary! Our next door neighbours lost some of their crystal and the glass from a table top fell off!
  • Cunupia Chaguanas - Felt quake strong!!! was a bit shaken!!
  • Tunapuna Trinidad - The whole house started shaking. Took a while till the trembling eased to a stop
  • Diego Martin - I heard a cracking sound in my living room. The neighbour heard it too. Can't see any structural damage. Will have to check in the daylight.
  • Pacaraima Brasil - foram cerca de 3 segundos,PaCaraima fica na fronteira Brasil-venezuela
  • Ft. Jeudy Grenada - Light shaking, and heard concrete cracking. Something fell off shelf.
  • Ajoupa Bouillon - 2 secousses très faibles
  • Petit Valley - Seemed like the floor was rising an falling, the pictures twisted and the garage roofing was rattling
  • Boa Vista/Roraima/Brasil - Por volta das 22:23 hs do dia 11/10/2013 senti o tremor quando estava deitada no sofá e era como se alguém o agitasse. Sensação horrível.
  • Piarco - It sounded like a storm coming at first then the room looked like it was swaing to and fro, table moving and the lamp was shaking. Then we realized it was an earthquake...quite strong 6.1!
  • St Augustine, Trinidad - The earthquake was quite strong here.The entire building was shaking. It was incredibly frightening. Hope everyone is okay.
  • Boa Vista/Roraima - fiquei meio tonto
  • Port of Spain, Westmoorings by the sea - In doors, synthetic glass wall was bending, furniture shifted by a foot
  • De Kinderen WCD - mother and sister ran out the house i was in the yrd
  • Couva - Strong Shaking
  • Arima - Everything was shaking, my bookshelf was moving, I was on the internet and it lasted like about 12 seconds. This was the strongest earthquake I ever felt, I ran to mother room to get us out the house but then it stopped.
  • POS - Was in theater - some people left but most stayed - they show continued
  • Isla Margarita Venezuela - the building moved for 5 seconds very strong, isla margarita
  • Grenada - I felt the shake in my bed here in greenz
  • Claxton Bay Trinidad - I was in church when i felt it, everyone began prayin. It lasted about 10 seconds
  • Port of Spain - It was very strong, my bed started shaking a lot.
  • St Augustine - Scary
  • Maracas, St Joseph - Felt like it lasted about 30 seconds, started slight and intensified, had me standing in the doorway. I stayed awake in case of aftershocks.
  • Glencoe, Pt.Cumana - Heard a rumbling sound then felt a slight shaking which intensified. Car alarms went off, dogs were barking and then a very intense shaking came as if someone were shaking down a mango tree. Then the electricity went. It felt as if the house was about to come down. perhaps if it lasted a bit longer, houses would have crumbled.
  • LONGDENVILLE - Wow, the creator must have bounce His toe! What an experience|
  • Carenage - It was one of the strongest I've experienced in Trinidad...reminded me of tremors in DF Mexico.
  • Wood rook port of Spain - I was with a big crowd at the QPCC Oval. Lasted maybe 10 seconds. Many people ran from the stands to the centre of the field. Strongest I have felt in Trinidad.
  • Claxton Bay, Trinidad - I was sleeping just after 10pm felt bed shaking , thought my wife was waking me up. Got up and immediately realised it was an earthquake lasted about15 seconds.Good rock, scary.
  • Claxton Bay - It woke me up , it lasted about 30seconds, It was very strong
  • Chaguanas,Trinidad - That was strong... The whole house was shaking you could actually see the walls moving... less than a minute for sure. Hope everyone is ok especially in Venezuela.I was watching a show on the computer only to realise the chair was slowly drifting and ON DOG WAS BARKING FROM THE BEGINNING TIL END, MY OTHER DOG WAS SLEEPING BY THE DOG, SHE WOKE UP AND BARKED TO MAKE SURE WE ANSWER HER....My mom was on her bed about to sleep.
  • Chaguanas - We all felt it. that was a strong shake. very scary...
  • North East Grenada - aww man you should have seen the people at the football match in the stadium. luckily it was a minor quake
  • Tacarigua, Trinidad - was lying in bed using the computer and felt the bed shaking. turned my focus to the shaking which lasted about 30 seconds, waiting to see if it would get stinger or lasting even longer. i was a bit concerned because i was upstairs so escape would have been difficult. pinged my contact about it just before it stopped completely.
  • Santa Cruz, Trinidad - Heard a rumbling sound first similar to a truck or heavy engine. Began shaking slightly them built to a moderate shake, lessened then amped a bit then petered off. Unnerved the pets
  • port of spain - i was so scared my bed was shaking thank god its over
  • guiria - Estaba hablandi por telefono con mi hija cuando senti la oscilacion y el tintineo de los vidrios de la ventana, le dije a mi hija esta temblando y luego las sacudidas se hicieron mas intensas
  • Maracas Valley - In my bed talking on skype, then I felt the bed shaking and the windows rattling. Lasted about 2-3 mins seriously.Never experienced such a strong shaking before.
  • LAS LOMAS CHIN CHIN ROAD CUNUPIA - My Husband wake me to the feeling of very strong shaking the bed was rocking very hard even the birds felt it they were out of their little house it lasting very long though no accurate time frame but it was d most scariest experience for me and my family we waited then came out of the room to make sure everyone was ok it was very a very horrifying experience never felt this way before in all times I just prayed and thank god it could of been worst than this Trinidad... Thank god we were safe
  • Grand Anse, Grenada - It was mad!!!
  • Guyana - It wasn't very strong here in Guyana. Some persons didn't feel anything at all. Not as bad as the one from 2007.
  • Penal, Trinidad - I was lying on the ground, looking at a movie. I felt the shake and looked up at the curtains and they were moving. It lasted over 1 minute. It was the strongest earthquake I have ever felt in Trinidad.
  • Carupano - Mi esposa estaba sentada en el suelo en un 1er piso y lo sintio muy fuerte. Estabamos asustados!!!
  • Hermitage Village - I was meditating prior to retiring for the night when I felt the entirety of the earthquake; it was quite powerful I contend. As I sought cover, I heard mild crackling noises from the walls. Scary stuff..
  • ciudad bolivar - un sonido que iba en amento y venia de lo profundo acompañado de un leve temblor que luego termino en una muy fuerte sacudida.
  • St. George's Grenada - It was felt at the Maurice Bishop International Airport. There was two tremors the first being light but the second one lasted longer and much more stronger than the first.
  • Longdenville - In d living room. Every single thing shifted. I enjoyed it though. My boyfriend facial expression was priceless.
  • Guayana - movimientos horizontales.
  • Lambeau Village,Tobago - The entire room started to shake and the walls wobbled momentarily.It was of moderate intensity and lasted 5-10 seconds.Of interest,the sea was unusually rough that evening/night prior to the event.
  • St Augustine, Trinidad - I was sleeping and the initial noise of the earth rumbling woke me. The windows rattled and the shaking went from mild to moderate to what seemed like a five second crescendo and then it subsided but could still hear the earth rumbling. In all it probably lasted about 35 seconds.
  • Arima, Trinidad - 1 minute of shaking which caused visible swaying in laps and flat screen table top TV, but nothing fell.
  • Georgetown, Guyana - I though the house was breaking down, I was like omg what is going on ...
  • diego martin, trinidad - Light start - increasing ruble and vibraton/shake - strong for about 10 seconds - then tapered off - total start to finish about 30 seconds . . .
  • Richmond, St. Vincent - I was half asleep when the shaking of the bed woke me up. It lastet only a few seconds.
  • St.Vincent&The Grenadines - The bed was rocking,wall hanging winging swaying to an fro,the house was shaking.
  • Georgetown, Guyana - The wooden house shook for about 10 seconds.
  • L'Anse Aux Epines - Felt house trembling and saw bottles on fridge rattle
  • El Tigre, Edo Anzotegui Venezuela - se sintió a las 21:38 min, aproximadamente por 30 segundos, sacudida moderada, sin fallas en la luz
  • Maraval - It woke me up at 10.05 pm and grew stronger and faster and lasted for about 70 seconds.
  • St. George, Grenada - Was on the hotel bed talking to my brother in Trinidad via skype, when he shouted, "Earthquake!". Simultaneously the entire room was shaking also.
  • Mc Bean - Was on bed and just felt a strong sake for halfa minute. Scary
  • guanta - estaba cocinando y senti que las cosas en la cocina se movian
  • Arima - The shaking was moderate. I could hear slight rumbling. The fairly heavy sway of the water in my fish tank was particularly noticeable. My cat seemed curious, and walked around suspiciously after, trying to investigate what just went on.
  • St. Patricks , Grenada - it was scary. the house shook. don't want to experience that ever in my life.
  • Arouca - Shaking occurred around 10:13 pm and continued for about 20-30 seconds
  • El Tigre - I was on the third floor of the Eurobuilding Hotel. I would estimate the building experience very strong shaking for approximately 5 minutes. I am not aware of any damage but the shaking did scare a great many guests.


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    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
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    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
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    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.
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    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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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