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What to do in an earthquake

Published 28th January 2020, 11:12pm

Following the earthquake which occurred shortly after 2 pm today, Hazard Management is advising the following:

The Red Cross Shelter is open

The Aston Rutty Shelter in Cayman Brac is open

Government schools will remain closed until full assessments have been done to ensure structural integrity.

Residents are encouraged to avoid being on the roads as NRA will be conducting assessments.

The Water Authority is working to restore service but supply interruptions are likely to continue through Wednesday.

Damage Assessments will continue tomorrow and this will impact the normal operations of the Planning Department as their staff will be working on the assessment.

A number of small sinkholes have opened up in Grand Cayman and in Cayman Brac and residents should keep away from these as further opening up is possible.

Aftershocks are likely to continue. The most recent was a 4.4 M event which occurred 35 miles off East End at 10:13 pm. So far there have been 13 aftershocks recorded in the Cayman region.

Recommended during earthquakes actions:

If inside: Duck, cover and Hold (get under a strong piece of furniture

If outside: move into an open area away from buildings

If in a car: pull over and wait for shaking to stop. Proceed on roads carefully due to the possibility of splits in the roadways and sink holes.

If you experience another very strong earthquake do not wait for a notification. Head away from the coast and if possible evacuate vertically.