(CMR) Parts of Northwestern Trinidad were jolted by a 4.0 magnitude earthquake northwest of the country on Monday.
The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre recorded this quake at 67 kilometers depth, approximately 81 kilometers northwest of Port of Spain, after midday.
This earthquake was widely felt from El Socorro to as far west as Chaguaramas.
Earthquakes in this area are typical for Trinidad and Tobago, with the last felt earthquake occurring just under two weeks ago, a magnitude 4.4 on August 12th.
According to seismologists at the UWI Seismic Research Centre, the Eastern Caribbean is generally a seismically active area, and earthquakes of this magnitude, up to 8.0 and greater, are possible.
Each year, over 2,200 seismic events are recorded in the Eastern Caribbean. On average, the Eastern Caribbean has seen a pattern of major quakes every 20 to 30 years, with the last major earthquake occurring north of Martinique in 2007.
Three years ago, on August 21st and August 22nd, 2018, Trinidad and Tobago was struck by two large earthquakes registering a magnitude 6.9 and 5.9, respectively, the largest quakes to strike near T&T in recent history.