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Jamaica shares same earthquake faultline as Haiti

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica shares the same faultline (a crack or break in the earth's surface) with Haiti, which suffered a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake on January 11.

Dr Lyndon Brown
JIS photo
This was disclosed by the Head of the Earthquake Unit of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Dr Lyndon Brown, at a JIS Think Tank in Kingston on Wednesday.

"The fault that created the quake in Haiti runs right across the western end of the Dominican Republic, through Haiti, cuts across the Caribbean Sea into Jamaica and continues more or less into different fault lines across Jamaica: one continuous fault line runs across from Haiti to Jamaica," Dr Brown stated.

He added that the activities in the region, following the Haiti earthquake, are not unusual, at this time.

"A number of aftershocks have taken place, and this is quite natural. The aftershocks will be more continuous after the large earthquake, but then this will die down and become less frequent," he said.

Aftershocks, such as the magnitude 6.1 tremor that occurred in Haiti again on the Wednesday morning (January 20), can be large but will become less frequent over time.

He said, however, that the other earthquakes that have taken place in Guatemala, Venezuela, and El Salvador are happening on the Pacific Plate fault line, which is not the same one on which Haiti and Jamaica is located.

"Right now we do not see the association between the events," he added.

He said that while studies are being done by an American researcher, to see the relationships between the fault lines, none has so far been established, and what is happening is that stresses are being naturally released along respective fault lines.

"Earthquakes are very, very, common. If you look at a map of Jamaica you will see that last year we had about eight felt events (earthquakes) and about 200 that were weak but could just be picked up as earthquakes," he said.

He stated that, on average, there have been about16 earthquakes on an annual basis that are greater that magnitude 7.0 , about 120 around magnitude 6.0 and an innumerable amount at magnitude 5.0 and below.

"What is happening in the region is very interesting. Earthquakes are natural events that happen when stresses that have built up along fault lines are released, creating elastic waves that generate convolutions on the face of the earth," Dr Brown said.

He added that the destruction wrought by an earthquake is dependent on the location and strength of a building, as well as the strength of the earthquake.

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Comment by Bombahdrop on March 7, 2011 at 5:02am
Comment by jasmine james on January 28, 2010 at 7:39pm
I have just learn something new,thanks for the info davhved and keep up the good work on bringing people like myself awearness to such matters.
Comment by Timothy Soloman on January 26, 2010 at 9:52pm
Scientist seems to want to explain the unexplainable, so that people put their trust in them and not in the Higher Force that Create and Control Life.

Daniel the Prophet, Prophesied the Fall of all the World Powers that would rule the Earth right down to this Final one.
Archaeologist in their study became believers, because they have found proof of these Prophesies. What make anyone believe that the Earth is not running its course. I pity the unbelievers
Comment by l. style on January 25, 2010 at 9:19am
My sincere condolences for those that lost their love ones in the Haitians disaster, and god bless those that survived, hopefully that nation can recover and improve on their situation. I'm a caribbean brother and regardless of who or where disaster happens in the caribbean we must come together, if its for that specific moment, or for whatever goes on that will affect the people of the caribbean.
Comment by Anthony Stefan on January 25, 2010 at 7:58am
where does the faultline begin and where does it end?
Comment by Rory Dunn on January 25, 2010 at 4:09am
It is my most sincere desire that I am in Ja if and when IT hits and I'm certainly looking forward to showing The Universes Them (TUT) just how we're made ~
Comment by Ndija on January 24, 2010 at 11:09pm
Natural disasters are no joke. I am blessed to be able to say I have never experienced one. I really hope we, meaning the world, are done with them for a while at least.
Comment by hasina zuberi on January 24, 2010 at 6:44pm
Lets just know that Jamaica is not immune.....we just have to pray for nothing totake place...I have experienced earthquake in Jmaica....nt pleasant....God willing they will be ok.....
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Comment by on January 24, 2010 at 6:11pm
It natural affects of nature can be devasting. Our prayers and blessing go out to the Haitian Community. We have to support and assist our Haitian neighbors. It was them today it can be you and i tomorrow. It''s a love and humanity issue.

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