ODPM: 44 aftershocks recorded, emergency agencies on high alert
The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre said there has been a total of 44 aftershocks as of Sunday, August 26, following Tuesday’s 6.9 earthquake which rocked Trinidad and Tobago.
A statement from the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) noted that in light of this, the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) remains activated and is currently coordinating damage assessments across Trinidad and Tobago.
The Ministry of Works and Transport (MOWT) supported by Civil Engineer Volunteers and the Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago (UDeCOTT), the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government (MRDLG), the Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) and the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service (TTFS) continue assessments on government/government-used facilities, inclusive of educational institutions and other building stock.
At this time, there are no reports of serious injury, loss of life or significant damage to critical infrastructure.
Representatives from various state agencies continue to be stationed at the NEOC maintaining general situational awareness and coordinating emergency response and damage assessments.
The ODPM said aftershocks will continue and some may be at a magnitude large enough to be felt. Citizens are reminded to stay calm.
The organization also provided the following tips in the event of an aftershock.
· STAY CALM. DO NOT PANIC. BE ALERT.
· If inside stay inside, do not run out of the building as you may be injured by falling debris
· If inside, DROP, COVER and HOLD ON until the shaking stops
· Get under a sturdy desk, table or bed and hold on or stand in a strong doorway
· DO NOT USE ELEVATORS OR STAIRS.
· Move away from windows, mirrors, glass doors, pictures, bookcases, hanging plants and heavy objects
· If outside and there are no obvious signs of danger nearby, stay there
· If outside, stay away from glass buildings, electricity poles and bridges
· If in a vehicle, do not stop on or under a bridge
· Always look out for falling plaster, bricks, lighting fixtures and other objects
The ODPM underscored that Trinidad and Tobago is not currently under any tsunami threat.
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