Powerful earthquake hits TT …”THE DAY WE SHOOK”

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Everyone was caught by surprise on Tuesday afternoon when a powerful earthquake, measuring 6.9 on the Richter Scale, rocked Trinidad and Tobago  causing damage to property.

Thankfully, no lives were lost. On Wednesday morning, citizens woke up to really access the damage to property.

When the earthquake struck at 5.31 pm, there was widespread panic with social media abuzz with videos and photographs.

The first sign of damage came when the roof of Pizza Hut at Roxy Roundabout, fell and damaged a car. The owner was inside Pizza Hut with her godson and his mother. She said when the earthquake struck, there was panic inside the establishment. She said patrons ran outside. Luckily for her, she remained inside Pizza Hut as it was during this time that debris fell on her vehicle.

At Massy Supermarket in Westmoorings, the building suffered damage. Patrons there panicked and ran outside.

In Port of Spain, tall buildings shook with people screaming, some dropping to their knees in prayer. There was damage to both Cathedrals in Port-of-Spain. Part of the roof of the Trinity Cathedral fell and damaged a car in the car park. The inside of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception suffered damage.

On Charlotte Street, businesses including the supermarkets, suffered when goods on the shelves fell and were destroyed.

Images of cracked walls at homes and businesses, and warped asphalt roads were being uploaded to social media.

In the Gulf of Paria, a man recording the earthquake as it happened, captured part of Centipede Island breaking off and falling into the sea.

Minister of National Security, Stuart Young, in a televised address, said the country’s onshore and offshore energy infrastructure was intact, and the Ministry of Works engineers were assessing any damage.

Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith, speaking at the National Operations Fusion Centre, called out all police officers, and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) activated its emergency response.

Power was lost in several parts of the country, but by Wednesday morning, at least 95 per cent was restored. All roads were reported accessible on Wednesday morning.

It was too early to access the damage caused by the earthquake.

The tremor, centred in Venezuela, also shook other Caribbean islands as far as St Lucia, and parts of South America, including Guyana
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