Magnitude 4.3 Earthquake Rattles Jamaica’s Eastern Region

Residents of sections of Jamaica experienced a jolt last night as a magnitude 4.3 earthquake struck the island.

The seismic event, which occurred at about 8:02 p.m., originated approximately five kilometers south of Hope Bay in the northeastern parish of Portland.

According to Professor Simon Mitchell, a Sedimentary Geologist at the Earthquake Unit, the epicenter of the earthquake was in close proximity to the location of a previous seismic event.

“It took place in the same area as the 5.6 magnitude earthquake that occurred in October last year,” Professor Mitchell stated.


The eastern section of the island bore the brunt of the tremor, with areas such as Kingston, St. Andrew, Portland, St. Mary, and St. Thomas notably affected.

Fortunately, there were no immediate reports of damage or injury resulting from the earthquake. 

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