Six earthquakes struck to the northeast of Barbados this morning in the space of six hours – three of them within minutes of each other and the strongest of which prompted the evacuation of some buildings across the island.

After a 5.7 magnitude tremor was recorded at 7:01 a.m., and then another at 7:52 a.m., a stronger 6.4 magnitude quake shook the island, sending residents scampering out of buildings, around 11:16 a.m.

The others followed at 11:29 a.m. (4.1 magnitude), 11:36 a.m. (5.3 magnitude) and 12:23 p.m. (3.8 magnitude).

They were also felt in neighbouring St. Lucia, Dominica, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Vincent and Martinique.

While preliminary information had put all the quakes at a depth of 10 km – the depth assigned when data is too poor to compute a reliable depth for an earthquake – the Seismic Research Centre indicated that the actual depths ranged from 61 km to 111 km.
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