Quake strikes Guadeloupe

January 25, 2010 12:00 am

, POINTE-A-PITRE, Jan 25 – A moderate quake registering 4.7 on the Richter scale struck the French Caribbean island Guadeloupe on Sunday, the Guadeloupe Volcano and Seismic Observatory said.

No calls for assistance were made, the country\’s emergency services centre said.

The quake struck 60 kilometres (37 miles) east of the island of Marie-Galente at a depth of 60 kilometres, according to observatory.

The United States Geological Survey rated the quake 5.1 on its moment magnitude scale.

Guadeloupe, a French overseas department, is located some 1,200 kilometres to the southeast of Haiti, which has been hit with regular aftershocks since the 7.0 magnitude quake on January 12 which likely killed over 150,000 people.

A 4.7-magnitude aftershock struck 30 kilometers (20 miles) west of the Haitian capital Sunday. It was not immediately clear whether it caused any damage or casualties.


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