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Published 12th February 2010, 12:53pm

The Cayman Islands experienced a minor earth tremor of Magnitude 3.7 at approximately 2.45 am on Friday Feb 12th. This tremor at no time posed a threat to the residents of the Cayman Islands.

HMCI received one inquiry from a member of the public, who believed they felt the event and we subsequently investigated that report.

Accurate information regarding the tremor was initially limited; however HMCI was able to get an early confirmation from the University of the West Indies, Jamaica Earthquake Unit that there was indeed a tremor and they provided a preliminary report. Those initial details were as follows: Magnitude 4.7, Depth 15 kilometers, location Cayman Ridge area, Coordinates 19.253 N and 81.263W.

USGS subsequently posted the event at approximately 4.09 pm with a revised magnitude and coordinates.

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 3.7 Mb
Date-Time 12 Feb 2010 02:46:08
Location 18.863N 81.404W
Depth 10 km
Distances 49 km (30 miles) S (183 degrees) of GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands
49 km (30 miles) SSW (198 degrees) of Bodden Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

HMCI would like to remind the public that the Cayman Islands are located in an active seismic area and as such we encourage the public to continue their earthquake preparedness activities throughout the year.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can construct or retrofit your building so it is more resilient to an earthquake there is information available on the Cayman Prepared website, there are also ‘hazard hunts’ that are fun activities for children and there are earthquake brochures that are available and can be picked up from the Hazard Management Office in the Corporate Centre on Hospital Road.