A strong earthquake surprises Guadeloupe, no damage was recorded
A strong earthquake was felt in Guadeloupe on Friday, January 20, at 7:23 a.m. (local time). Fortunately, no damage was caused by this.
The Guadeloupeans can breathe. This Friday, January 20, at 7:23 a.m., a strong earthquake was felt.
The epicenter was at sea, 52 kilometers west of Pointe-à-Pitre. His strength ranged from 5.8 to 6.5 on the Richter scale.
These powerful tremors can cause material damage if the epicenter is in an inhabited area. Luckily it was at sea so no damage was reported.
An hour after the earthquake, archipelago firefighters said there was no “ongoing intervention related to this event.”
Tsunami danger averted
When we think of an earthquake on an island, the memory of the deadly tsunami that hit Indonesia on December 26, 2004 comes to mind. Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin wanted to calm down on Twitter and point out that this risk in connection with the Guadeloupe earthquake was excluded.
A 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck near Guadeloupe without the threat of a tsunami. No major damage was found at this stage. Thank you to the emergency services for their responsiveness. https://t.co/KPcg1YUSBt
— Gerald DARMANIN (@GDarmanin) January 20, 2023
Located in a very active seismic zone, Guadeloupe is regularly shaken by small earthquakes that are more or less felt by the inhabitants.