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Earthquakes continue to rattle the Caribbean

Published: Jul. 17, 2015 at 1:41 PM MST|Updated: Feb. 28, 2018 at 5:23 PM MST
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A series of earthquakes has rattled parts of the Caribbean this week. The most powerful as of 9 a.m. on Friday were a 6.5 magnitude off the coast of Barbados and a 4.5 magnitude off the northwest coast of Puerto Rico on Thursday. Earthquakes are not uncommon in this area where four major plates of the Earth's crust meet up with the Caribbean plate.

Some of the most powerful earthquake measured along the edges of the Caribbean plate are listed below.

  • August 4, 1946 - 8.0 magnitude Samana earthquake in northeastern Hispaniola
  • October 5, 1950 - b7.8 magnitude Costa Rica
  • October 29, 1900 - 7.7 magnitude Caracas earthquake
  • July 29, 1943 - 7.6 magnitude Mona Passage earthquake
  • September 7, 1915 - 7.4 magnitude El Salvador
  • November 29, 2007 - 7.4 magnitude Martinique earthquake
  • July 26, 1962 - 7.2 magnitude Panama Fracture Zone earthquake
  • January 12, 2010 - 7.0 magnitude Haiti earthquake