Earthquake on Nevis, West Indies!

At 4:26 this afternoon it felt like an explosion had taken place on the island of Nevis, like a dynamite charge had gone off, but no "bang", just the whole island going "WHUMP". Then I could feel rocking, clear waves back and forth, about one every half a second. However that only lasted about 8 or 9 seconds, and then it stopped.

I recognized it as an earthquake, having been through one or two when I lived in California. However this one was lower frequency and higher amplitude waves than the ones I felt there, and therefore more impressive.

So it turned out it was a 4.7 earthquake going off under Antigua and Barbuda, which is only 60 miles east of where I am, on the island of Nevis. This counted as a "light" earthquake, not at all serious. Interesting though, and it sure makes you pay attention. :)

I did not hear any birds or dogs responding with alarm, but maybe they take it all in stride.

Posted on April 18, 2018 12:46 AM by susanhewitt susanhewitt


Hey, take it easy on the foot! EARTHQUAKE!?!?! Wow, what a trip. You're posting great stuff, but be CAREFUL!

Posted by rtwhitson3 almost 6 years ago

Thanks @rtwhitson3 , I am trying to be careful. I do want the tendon to heal well. But I am not very good at being totally inactive. However, I figure if I stick to the yard and the lane, and only do short bits of walking once or twice a day, I should be OK. The boot immobilizes the tendon pretty well.

The earthquake certainly wasn't big enough to throw you around, or even to put you off balance really, but I was on the couch with my leg up anyway like I am supposed to be!

Posted by susanhewitt almost 6 years ago

How did the snails respond? Did they run for it???

Posted by sambiology almost 6 years ago

Actually Sam, they were so scared that they took flight! ;)

Posted by susanhewitt almost 6 years ago

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