Sunday 29 November, 2020

ODPM: No reports of major damage after 4.6 'quake

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) said so far there have been no reports of major damage after a 4.6 earthquake was felt by many on Friday.

In an update shared to social media on Friday afternoon, the ODPM said following the 4.6 'quake, which was recorded at 10:33 am on Friday, there were no reports of serious injury, loss of life or significant damage to critical infrastructure.

According to preliminary reports, the ‘quake was recorded just 40 kilometres north of Port of Spain.

The ODPM asked the public to check their property for any signs of damage and to contact their respective Municipal Corporations through the toll-free hotline numbers or the Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) at 211.

The ODPM reminded citizens to prepare in the event of aftershocks as follows:

- 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.

- 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 assured that Trinidad and Tobago is not under any tsunami watch or warning. 

Many Trinbagonians are still recovering from a 6.9 earthquake which caused damage to buildings, roadways and more on August 21, 2018.

Some have since reported feelings of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of the terror felt during and after the 'quake.

Persons are reminded to prepare an emergency bag and exercise precautions in the event of an earthquake. 

Please save these emergency contact numbers:

ODPM: 511

TTPS: 999

T&T Fire Service: 990

Ambulance (GMRTT): 811

Tobago Emergency Management Agency: 211


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