2007 Martinique earthquake

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2007 Martinique earthquake
2007 Martinique earthquake is located in Lesser Antilles
2007 Martinique earthquake
Date November 29, 2007 (2007-11-29)
Origin time 19:00:19 [1]
Magnitude 7.4 Mw [1]
Depth 150 km (93 mi) [1]
Epicenter 14°59′N 61°16′W / 14.98°N 61.26°W / 14.98; -61.26Coordinates: 14°59′N 61°16′W / 14.98°N 61.26°W / 14.98; -61.26 [1]
Areas affected Martinique, France
Max. intensity VI–VII (EMS98)
Casualties 6 killed
402+ injured[2]

The 2007 Martinique earthquake took place on November 29 at 15:00:19 local time in the Windward Islands region, underneath the Martinique Passage. It was a magnitude 7.4 earthquake which occurred from Fort-de-France, Martinique.[2]

This earthquake was felt strongly in Martinique, Dominica, St. Lucia, Guadeloupe, Montserrat, Antigua, St Kitts and Nevis, Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Power outages were reported in Martinique, Dominica and Guadeloupe. It was also felt in other Eastern Caribbean islands, from Puerto Rico to the north to Trinidad and Tobago to the south. It could also be felt in part of South America such as in Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana.[3] In Caracas, Venezuela, some people evacuated office buildings.[4] The intensity reached VI to VII on the EMS98 scale in Martinique and Dominica.[5]

In the surrounding region, the South American Plate is subducting beneath the Caribbean Plate. This earthquake occurred within the South America Plate and was in response to stresses generated by the slow distortion of the plate.

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