Weather, Earthquake, Jamaica

5.4 Earthquake Hits Jamaica, No Reported Deaths Or Casualties So Far

An earthquake has occurred on the island of Jamaica, and according to the prime minister, there have been no reports of deaths, injuries, or serious damage thus far.

The Associated Press reports an earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale struck the island on Oct. 30. The tremor’s epicenter was about 2 miles (4 kilometers) west-northwest of Hope Bay in northeastern Jamaica, based on a report by the U.S. Geological Survey. It occurred at a shallow depth of 6 miles (10 kilometers).

The earthquake knocked traffic lights offline, and police officers were sent to control traffic at the intersections.

People attending a meeting at the UN’s International Seabed Authority were seen on camera panicking as the earthquake occurred. The attendees initially returned to the meeting, but it ended and was postponed over concern of the earthquake and its aftermath. 

“We need some time to adjust emotionally,” said Elza Moreira Marcelino de Castro, Brazil’s representative.

The tremor sparked fear on the island, with some people rushed to hospitals for panic attacks.

The Jamaican Gleaner reported in September that the island had been hit with a 5.0 magnitude earthquake. The effects were reportedly felt in Cuba and parts of the United States.