posted on Apr, 6 2013 @ 08:01 PM
Authorities in Jamaica have been urged by an American seismic expert to start long-term efforts to prepare for another major earthquake to impact
The advice came from geophysics professor Eric Calais of Purdue University, who urged the country’s government and various stakeholders to
understand that the threat is very real based on the area's history and active seismic activity.
Professor Calais, who visited the island as part of a mission with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), said most scientists agree that
Jamaica will most likely be exposed to an earthquake with a magnitude of 7 or 7.5 on the Richter scale.
An earthquake of magnitude 7 on the Richter scale is considered "major" and is capable of widespread destruction.
Kingston was destroyed, with some 1,000 resultant deaths, in a 6.5-magnitude quake in 1907. If Jamaica were to be hit by a similar quake now, the
island could suffer a $6.5 billion loss, nearly half of the island's gross domestic product, researchers with the University of the West Indies (UWI)
Of course with the massive earthquake swarm going on in the DR and PR, I have already warned the Caribbean, but who the heck is going to listen to me?
Those quakes keep working their way westward, and Jamaica could well see a big one. Or even without that. Because with the Haiti quake, and other
quakes on the southern part of the Caribbean Plate, it seems that plate is becoming more unstable, and fidgeting, in what could be precursors to some
major movement. But according to the naysayers, this is perfectly normal. Uh huh. Well according to this seismic expert, Jamaica is at considerable
risk, and that puts Cuba, Haiti, and the DR/PR pretty much in the same boat.
But Jamaica perhaps worse, because the tension appears to be getting relived everywhere else in the area. So it stands to reason that Jamaica can only
hold out so long before the stress tension must be released there too. And there is most probably been added stress redistributed from the Haiti quake
that is festering near Jamaica.
edit on Sat Apr 6th 2013 by TrueAmerican because: (no reason given)