Tremor jolts Jamaica

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As Jamaicans were bracing for heavy showers associated with remnants of Tropical Storm Isaac south of the island, several communities in central and eastern Jamaica experienced earthquake-like tremors this afternoon.

Callers from as far as Clarendon in south central Jamaica and St Mary in the north east reported feeling tremors shortly after 2 p.m.

Authorities are still awaiting the official word from the EarthQuake Unit, but an initial report from the US Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 3.3 and occurred five kilometres south south west of Richmond, Jamaica. It had a depth of 10.0 kilometres.

Meanwhile, The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) said it had not received any reports of damage

“We are aware of the earthquake… however the ODPEM and the Earthquake Unit will continue to monitor the situation and provide an update once it becomes available,” the ODPEM said on its official Twitter page. (BT/Jamaica Gleaner)

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