Strong dangerous earthquake just offshore of Trinidad and Tobago

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Update 22:19 UTC :

Schermafbeelding 2016-12-06 om 23.18.18

Update 22:08 UTC :

Schermafbeelding 2016-12-06 om 23.08.06

Update 22:03 UTC : USGS expects a max. moderate shaking but we received in our system a number of experience reports mentioning a strong and even very strong shaking

Update 21:59 UTC : USGS reports a Magnitude of M5.8 at a depth of 35 km, considerably less than the earlier reported 6.2 by other agencies.

Update 21:55 UTC : ER calls this earthquake dangerous due to the combination of the  location of the epicenter and the depth of the hypocenter.

Schermafbeelding 2016-12-06 om 22.58.18-compressed Schermafbeelding 2016-12-06 om 22.58.47

Scarborough, Trinidad and Tobago 25.3 km (15.7 mi) Population: 17,000
Sangre Grande, Trinidad and Tobago, 53.4 km (33.2 mi) Population: 15,968
Arima, Trinidad and Tobago, 60.4 km (37.5 mi) Population: 35,000
Arouca, Trinidad and Tobago, 65.0 km (40.4 mi) Population: 12,054
Paradise, Trinidad and Tobago, 65.7 km (40.8 mi) Population: 15,067

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2016-12-06 17:42:22

GMT/UTC Time : 2016-12-06 21:42:22

Depth (Hypocenter) : 40 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Tobago Region, Trinidad-tobago Dec 06 23:48 4.2 35 MAP I Felt It
USGS Scarborough, Trinidad And Tobago Dec 06 23:48 4.2 35 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Scarborough, Trinidad And Tobago Dec 06 22:12 4.3 37 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Tobago Region, Trinidad-tobago Dec 06 22:12 4.3 37 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Tobago Region, Trinidad-tobago Dec 06 22:02 3.9 30 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Windward Islands Dec 06 21:42 5.9 36 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Tobago Region, Trinidad-tobago Dec 06 21:42 6.0 40 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • St. Ausgutine - Some apartment buildings were destroyed
  • Penal - Everything including my Christmas tree was shaking
  • St Anns - ...
  • St. Georges - door shaking...bed frame bouncing up against the wall
  • St. Augustine - No damages. Still at work. Don't know about my apartment on Bassie St. Valsayn.
  • Diego Martin - Felt two strong pulses
  • River Estate - long earthquake, lots of shaking
  • Diego Martin - Cars visibly rocking vigorously on the road while at a traffic light - overhead traffic lights violently shaking
  • St. Augustine - No damage, but lasted unusually long for an earthquake in this region (about 45 seconds)
  • Chaguanas - Everything shaking felt so afraid
  • Maraval - None
  • Chaguanas - The whole house was swaying back and forth
  • La Romaine - Very light shaking
  • Trincity - Property good, Christmas tree was shaking couldn't stand properly- overall enlightening experience for a geography student
  • St. Augustine - Chair, computer table, bookshelves, bed and pictures on wall were rocking.
  • Carriacou - theres no damage to my property
  • Crown Point - No damage. Shaking lasted about 15 seconds
  • Cunupia - Was in the garden, trees and fence shaking
  • Siparia - it was my first strong earthquake so it was terrifying
  • Chaguanas - Scary
  • Mt St George - The earthquake was strong and lasted much too long, was it any longer would have caused damage to buildings
  • Port of Spain - No damage
  • Petit Valley - Sustained strong shaking. Definitely knew it was earthquake from start. Came in waves. Repaired boundary wall crack reopened.
  • Piarco - Went outside to see poles and trees swaying. I live in a two storey building and it seemed as if the entire building was swaying.
  • Valencia - Everything shook
  • Carapan - No damage
  • St. George - Bed rocked to and fro for about 5 seconds.
  • Bon Accord - Well, i was just sitting on my bed and de ground just start to shake. I was real scared.
  • San Fernando - Seated at the time, chair and table wobbling for extended period. Definitely more than 30 seconds. Entire household felt it, no initial signs of damage.
  • St. Georges - light shaking, felt the chair i was sitting on rock, and heard the window rattle
  • Santa Cruz - Really only felt the last bit.
  • Lopinot - The House shook! Like a sharp jerk and continued for a few seconds after.
  • Gran Couva - nauseous swaying
  • new grant - very heavy shaking,dizzy we prayed
  • St. George's University - Shaking of bed. No damage.
  • Chaguanas - Door was shaking as well as pc and computer monitor. Everything was shaking for at least 60 secs.
  • Chaguanas - Saw the christmas tree shaking... just prayed gor it too be over. It was terrible.
  • Cunupia - 11 years old, whole house was shaking, very scared
  • Clare Valley - It was slight at first then it got stronger. You couldn't miss it.
  • Maracas st joseph - V scared
  • Rio Claro - It shook for about 15 seconds and was very scary
  • Sangre Grande - Very Scary. No property damage. Thank God. Building codes must be upheld.
  • Tacarigua - Upstairs house felt it shaking
  • Scarborough - Very strong shaking. Lasted quite some time as well. Suprised nothing collapsed as yet!
  • Rosignol - Bed was shaking, no one else around felt it
  • Grand Anse - Sudden shake , didn't realise I was in an earthquake zone
  • Arouca - The entire house and shed was swaying but so far no damages
  • Mon Repos - couch was swaying, over 30 seonds
  • D'abadie - Wall was bouncing back and forth.
  • Chaguanas - Entire house was shaking. My vehicle was rocking back and forth in the garage.
  • chaguanas - Upstairs and bldg shook for minutes, very scary!
  • Scarborough - strongest I've ever felt in tobago
  • Marabella - The chandileer started shaking a lot. The shaking lasted for 30 secs
  • California - Upstairs: all furniture shake, building rock. People ran outside from both upstairs and downstairs.
  • Arima - Woken up from sleep by rocking. The tremors lasted very long, I was surprised that nothing fell. Neither property nor bodily damage done, thank goodness.
  • San Fernando - Really scary. Felt and heard the window blinds shaking. Lasted over 30 seconds.
  • Cunupia - Very scary...no visible damage to home and property
  • St. George's - Bed shaking, items on shelves shaking. Table in kitchen shaking
  • San Juan. Port of Spain - I was sleeping and the movement of the bed woke me up, during around 45 to 60 seconds
  • Claxton Bay - Lighting fixtures from ceiling swung moderately. House swayed for a few seconds. Maybe about 10 seconds
  • Chaguanas - it started to shake really hard but no damage
  • Bayshore - Fourth floor apartment in an eight storey apartment building. No damage. Very strong shake lasting about fifteen seconds. Very scary.
  • Carriacou - The house was swaying!
  • Don Miguel - I was in my shower at the point in time, and became so afraid
  • Arnos Vale - Something totally new for me, fortunately all was moderate, the sofa make some movement with me over for almost 30 seconds
  • Sangre Grande - electric poles were rocked and current cut off. slight damage objects fell and broke
  • Tunapuna - Power lines shaking. Road rolling. Buildings rocking.
  • Idlewild - Windows shaking, pots and pans rattling, mobiles swaying back and forth, was holding on to window sills. Shocking.
  • Chaguaramas - Nothing compared to the 5.8.
  • Tacarigua - Felt as if someone was shaking my chair. No damage seen
  • Castara - 15 to 20 seconds. Furniture shook. Pans rattled in cupboards. Small aftershock one hour later.
  • Couva - i was sitting on the floor upstairs.The walls were shaking
  • Port of SPain - Whole roof was shaking then felt a wave and sudden shake on the track
  • Couva - No property damage but it was the strongest one I have ever experienced.compared to others
  • Chaguanas - No damage but lots of shaking and it lasted for a while
  • Maracas - I was on the balcony then i heard the door shaking as though someone was banking on it. Soon after i felt the ground below me trembling... then i ran back to my room, realizing an earthquake was happening.
  • Chaguanas - Very strong shaking. Very scary but very very grateful that it was nothing worse.
  • Tacarigua - Felt the foundation of the house rocking.
  • California - I was in my kitchen on ground floor and the shaking was quite obvious. Furniture was shaking, loose objects that could swing freely were put into motion by the quake.
  • Crown Point - I was lying on the bed in our sturdily built little one-story building. I felt definite shaking come up from the ground, and knew it must be an earth tremor. The cupboard door in our room was swinging, but nothing fell off the shelves or tables. I got up and walked outside because I was curious to see what the hotel staff thought of it. The tremor was not stron enough to affect my balance, and was over by the time I got outside.There was no damage at all within the hotel complex.
  • Diego Martin - No damages sustained to property surprisingly as it was so strong that I was outdoors at the time and saw the house sway to the right..never seen anything like this..scary!!
  • S Oropouche - Though very mild, I'll find out of damage tomorrow.
  • Charlotteville - Sitting in outside bar on concrete bench at concrete table with umbrella. Seat and table swayed considerably for several seconds.
  • Parlatuvier - No damage. But short, strong tremor felt while sitting on outdoor concrete terrace.
  • Point Fortin - The walls of my house was shaking and I felt dizzy.
  • St Augustine South - Felt initial shaking, slight pause of a few seconds then about 30 seconds of heavy tremors.
  • Arima - Romans 5:20 Where sin abound grace did much more abound. Trinidad it's time to stop the crime and homosexuality God is coming soon!
  • Valsayn - Overhead ceiling felt as though it was about to drop
  • St Paul's - Brief. Shaking limited to less than five seconds. Notable swaying of concrete columns supporting house
  • Fanny Village - I was sitting in my chair when the house started to rock gently back and forth. We had no visible damage.
  • Blue Horizon Resort behind Mt Irvine Gol - light shake felt by 3 in house One asleep and did not wake him
  • USGS Scarborough, Trinidad And Tobago Dec 06 21:42 5.9 34 MAP I Felt It


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    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
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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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    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) ?
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    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.
    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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