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Friday 14 January 2011   Acting Director of the Seismic Research Centre of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Seismologist Joan Latchman wants  Caribbean islands to prepare for an 8.0 magnitude earthquake that she says could hit.


Latchman said that while the region has not had a severe earthquake for the last 100 years, she is predicting that one with a magnitude of 8.0 could hit the Caribbean any day.

Latchman said that while the Caribbean has recorded earthquakes in the magnitude 7.1 to 7.5 range in the Eastern Caribbean “every 20 to 30 years, we have not had that one in the magnitude, eight range that we expect every 100 years.

On January 12 last  year, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 hit Haiti killing an estimated 300,000 people and leaving more than one million others homeless.

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