Important historic earthquakes in Jamaica

The list of the 50 most recent earthquakes in this country can be found at the bottom of this page.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Hope Bay, Jamaica Oct 08 02:28 3.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Kingston - Earthquake felt kingston jamaica
  • MONA - Moderate shaking
  • Kingston 5 - Oxford Road kingston Jamaica
  • Kingston - No property within immediate proximity was damaged. Heard equipment moving upstairs as well as the falling of equipment. Shaking lasted between 10-20 seconds
  • Kingston - Just a quick jolt felt that by the time I realised it was an earthquake it was over.
  • USGS Richmond, Jamaica Sep 16 18:46 3.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • St. Andrew - Weak shaking
  • Kingston - I was at home upstairs and suddenly saw the house slightly sway. Also felt the ground moving.
  • Kingston - Strong shaking
  • Portmore - Moderate shaking
  • Kingston - The earthquake was strong and it was for like 2 mins. I haven’t finish checking on my house but everything is ok so far
  • St. Andrew - Items on shelves were shaking. There was an audible rumbling.
  • kingston - Strong shaking
  • Spanish - Frightened - 2 to 3 seconds
  • St. Catherine - Around 10 seconds. The bed was shaking along with all the other furniture in the house.
  • Golden Grove, St Ann - Shaking lasted aprox 1 second
  • Old Harbour, St Catherine - About two seconds
  • Denbigh, Clarendon - The bed was strongly shaking along with other furnitures in the house. It last for approx 1 min.
  • kingston - It lasted about 5 seconds and nothing was damaged
  • Stony Hill, St Andrew - Felt like 3 -5 seconds. There was a loud rumbling before it started
  • Spanish Town - Moderate shaking
  • Molynes - 2 - 3 seconds jolt!
  • Ocho Rios, St. Ann - While sitting in a religious meeting I felt a sudden shake of my chair. I looked across at a family member, but realized that they were not the cause of the shake, neither did they seem to notice. No one else in the audience seemed to notice, even after I mentioned it at the end of the program. It lasted about 2-3 seconds.
  • Exchange, St ann - Moderate shaking
  • Ochos Rio - Das schütteln war so gute 5 bis 7 Sekunden für mich das erste mal soetwas erlebt zu haben.
  • USGS Negril, Jamaica Sep 03 14:35 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • South Sound - Just a couple of seconds a few seconds apart
  • USGS Buff Bay, Jamaica Aug 07 02:25 2.6 10 MAP
    EMSC Jamaica Region Mar 03 18:53 3.9 20 MAP
    USGS Buff Bay, Jamaica Mar 03 18:53 3.9 20 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Kingston, Jamaica - Maybe 3 second no damage in area
  • Kingston - Slight shaking for 2- 3 seconds. I was around my computer desk and the monitor moved. THe ground also moved beneath feet. THere was a loud crach, I thought A car had crash as we live near the highway. There was a rumbling and thenthe earth shook.
  • St Andrew, Jamaica - 5 seconds
  • St.Andrew, Jamaica - Weak shaking
  • Allman Town, Jamaica - 12 Seconds, no damage
  • Kingston, Jamaica - Two minor tremors lasting a few seconds each.
  • kingston, Jamaica - Weak shaking
  • Kingston, Jamaica - Very strong shaking
  • Kingston, Jamaica - 10 seconds
  • st elizabeth, Jamaica - 5 seconds
  • Snow hill ja, Jamaica - I felt it in my house the grill shake the chairsame moved and it dodnto last for about 5-6 seconds
  • St catherine, Jamaica - Strong shaking
  • Harbour View, Jamaica - None 20 seconds
  • Kingston, Jamaica - Strong shaking
  • Kingston, Jamaica - Moderate shaking
  • Kingston, Jamaica - Strong shaking
  • Kingston, Jamaica - Light shaking
  • Pormtore, Jamaica - Moderate shaking
  • Vineyard Town, Jamaica - Light shaking
  • Kingston, Jamaica - 30 secs
  • Port Antonio - Shaking lasted for about 6 seconds. NO damage.
  • Kingston, Jamaica - 30 seconds
  • Kingston, Jamaica - The chair was moving and fan was shaking so I knew something was wrong.
  • USGS Negril, Jamaica Aug 19 20:26 4.7 10 MAP
    USGS Kellits, Jamaica Mar 28 04:42 3.6 14 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Kingston - Bed shaking 5 seconds
  • Kingston - Bed shaking
  • New Kingston - Bed shaking
  • May Pen - No damages, I do not think the shaking was enough to damage any surrounding buildings however, the tremor was enough to wake some people from their sleep and cause them to be scared.
  • Spanish town - no damage
  • California, Manchester - Heard heavy rumbling before feeling vibration/sway in bed. No damage noticed to property
  • May Pen - Frightening and sudden
  • Kingston - After I retired to bed, i suddenly felt my bed shake and move a few inches!
  • Mandeville - I felt and heard the earthquake. it sounded like a truck passing on the highway. my bed shook hard for a few seconds. not very long at all
  • Mineral Heights - It sounded like a truck passing but the bed shook a bit then I realize it was an earthquake
  • St. Catherine - The house and a large wardrobe in my room shook for a second or two.
  • EMSC Jamaica Region Mar 28 04:42 3.6 15 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Manchioneal, Jamaica Mar 22 00:43 3.8 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Lucea, Jamaica Feb 24 09:02 4.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Savanna-la-mar, Jamaica Dec 21 15:37 4.0 14 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Jamaica Region Feb 10 11:10 3.9 10 MAP
  • Holiday inn montego bay - Felt the balcony move very slightly
  • USGS Jamaica Region Feb 10 11:10 3.9 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Jamaica - In hotel in Jamaica, felt two shakes - first laested a few seconds and then 10 minutes later a smaller shorter one
  • Montego Bay, Jamaica - Three different shocks minutes apart starting around 6 AM SUnday morning February 10, 2013
  • white house jamaica - lasted 5 secs with a light aftershock at 0620
  • Jamaica, west indies - weak shaking three times
  • Old hope road - Woke me out of my sleep
  • Falmouth - The bed shook side to side for a few seconds.
  • Sandals Whitehouse resort - 3 minor Earthquakes at Sandals resort Whitehouse Negril reagion 1: at 6:05 AM 2: at 6:16 AM 3 at 6:29 AM
  • Appleton, St Elizabeth - Felt the first one and got up to see if someone was under my bed because i knew i felt the bed move. Tried to go back to sleep at about 6:30am and sure enough i felt another shake, stronger than the previous one. A friend of mine in Lacovia texted to say she felt it too.
  • Montego Bay, JAMAICA - There were 4 shocks over 30 minutes. All weak.
  • Maroon Town - Was awake, but got out of bed to seek shelter just in case.
  • Hopewell, Jamaica - Felt about 3 tremors.
  • Brompton st elizabeth, Jamaica - I was up and in the living room reading a papaer and I felt the house shaking and the doors it was a terrible experience it shake 3 time the two last ones wasn't serious like the first one I fell and my knees are now bleeding I hope I never experience that again
  • Treasure Beach - Staying in a two story house in Treasure Beach,on the water. Woke all (6) of the kids up. They were all saying that their beds were moving. Haven't felt anything since.
  • Treasure Beach - Two story house on the beach and the kids came telling us that their beds were shaking. Woke the kids but no adults.
  • Belmont - vigorous shaking and accompanying roar woke the house, we got up and were confused, thought a truck had crashed into the house, realized it really was an earthquake. two other smaller quakes a few minutes apart later.. opened the door to insure quick evacution if a bigger one was on it's way.
  • Montego Bay - 4 shocks felt.
  • Montego Bay - it woke me up and i was on the second floor of the building it was a good shake
  • Ocho Rios - by the ocean in a high rise building
  • whitehouse - It was about 6:10 am when I woke to a strange sound then it went on for about three seconds after I got out of bed. Never felt one so strong.
  • White house - Three shakes, everybody in the house woke up.
  • Bogue Village Montego Bay - about minutes after 6:Am my bed start rocking and wake me up so I knew it was an earthquake then I felt a milder tremor about 6:10 then 6:13 the third but was the weakest of them all.
  • Niegril - Sitting on resort balcony felt our treehouse shake
  • Cambridge, St.James - Was sleeping, woke when bed trembled hard and loud rumbling. Felt next one at 6:31am
  • Spanish Town - I was still in bed when i felt the bed shaking, when i turned it stopped. When i got up and look at the clock it was 6:15AM....
  • Kingston - Manor Park - Felt 2 - first one at 6:10 a.m. and second one at appx. 6:35 a.m.
  • Whitehouse, Jamaica - The episodes. Awakened. Felt fairly strong shaking and heard it as well. Lamps shook the most, as well as armoire.
  • Malvern, St. Elizabeth - Three distinct rattling shakes made framed mirrors rattle each time, I am at 2378 feet above the sea in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and it seemed like previous quakes that had epicenters off Black River's coast.
  • Sandals Carlyle, Montego Bay - Three separate shakes, all enough to wake me and my wife.
  • Sandals Whitehouse - On vacation, first morning at resort the earthquake woke us up early in the morning. Then there were two aftershocks. Kind of scary knowing we were on a small island and on vacation! Hoping we wouldn't have anymore!
  • James Daniell CATDAT Jamaica Mar 02 08:00 6.2 66 MAP
    James Daniell CATDAT Jamaica Jul 15 07:00 0.0 10 MAP
    James Daniell CATDAT Jamaica Apr 07 08:00 7.1 10 MAP
    James Daniell CATDAT Jamaica Aug 03 08:00 6.0 10 MAP
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  • James Daniell CATDAT Jamaica Jan 02 08:00 0.0 10 MAP
    James Daniell CATDAT Jamaica Jun 13 08:00 0.0 10 MAP
    James Daniell CATDAT Jamaica Jan 28 08:00 0.0 10 MAP
    James Daniell CATDAT Jamaica Jan 14 08:00 6.5 10 MAP

    Data sources courtesy : USGSEMSCGFZGEONET


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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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