On May 16, Jamaica experienced a 3.0 magnitude earthquake at 7:32 p.m in St. Thomas.
The report was made by Weather Jamaica in Tweets, one of which stated that, “These tremors are becoming quite frequent as the Enriquillo-Plantain Garden Fault Zone continues to be very active lately.”
Weather Jamaica, a leading weather information source, initially issued an earthquake alert and a brief earthquake query to gauge the extent of the impact and gather public responses.
According to the diagram that accompanied the query, the earthquake occurred in multiple areas in the Caribbean, with Jamaica experiencing the tremor.
Weather Jamaica received feedback from individuals residing in different parts of the island, with residents in St. Thomas confirming that they felt the tremors. Meanwhile, those in Portmore, Kingston, and St. Mary did not experience the quake.
The earthquake query was posted to Twitter at 7:34 p.m. and garnered over 17.2K views at the time of this report.
At 7:52 p.m., Weather Jamaica returned with an updated report on the earthquake. The tweet, which received over 2,384 views, presented mutiple diagrams and an earthquake safety tip.
Here are some comments from the initial tweet below:
In light of this earthquake event, it is crucial to be aware of safety measures that can help mitigate potential risks. Here are some important earthquake safety tips:
- Drop, Cover, and Hold On: When an earthquake occurs, seek shelter under a sturdy piece of furniture or against an interior wall. Protect your head and neck until the shaking stops.
- Stay Indoors: Avoid running outside during an earthquake because falling debris poses a significant risk. Stay away from windows, glass, and other objects that could shatter.
- Create a Safety Plan: Develop an emergency plan with your family or household members. Identify safe meeting spots and establish communication methods in the event of separation.
- Secure Heavy Items: Anchor large furniture, appliances, and other heavy objects to prevent them from toppling over during an earthquake.
- Prepare an Emergency Kit: Keep a well-stocked emergency kit that includes essential supplies such as water, non-perishable food, flashlights, batteries, and a first aid kit.
- Be Mindful of Aftershocks: Earthquakes can be followed by aftershocks, which are smaller tremors. Stay alert and prepared for additional shaking.
- Stay Informed: Listen to updates from local authorities, follow official guidelines, and rely on credible sources for accurate information about the earthquake and its impact.
By following these safety tips, individuals can minimize the risks associated with earthquakes and protect themselves and their loved ones in such situations.