Earthquake 101 – Some Things You Need To Know

Earthquakes in Jamaica

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Holy Trinity Cathedral, Duke Street, after the January 13, 1907 great earthquake struck Kingston.

Jamaica is situated near the northern edge of the Caribbean Plate, which is thought to be moving in an east-north easterly direction with respect to the North American Plate.

According to ODPEM, earthquakes in Jamaica date back to the 16th century, where Europeans were the first to keep records of such events. It has been pointed out that Jamaica may experience up to 200 felt earthquakes in any one year. From 1667 to 1888, at least 55 earthquakes of intensity IV on the Modified Mercalli Scale have occurred in Jamaica, and since 1776, we have had nine earthquakes of intensity VII, enough to cause damage to stone buildings.

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