June 15, 2020 | By Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie |
The tiny Caribbean island of Jamaica W. I. with an estimated population of 3 million persons of which 97 percent are black was jolted by a 4. 3 Magnitude earthquake today Sunday at about 2.45 this morning local time.
Residents have reported the quake which has been recorded officially caused no serious damage. See details with map of the area attached. We are in a earthquake zone. A witness reported ” There was an earthquake at 2:45 local time … I woke up ” The retired teacher stated, who lives in the hills of St. Andrew in a two story high rise. She has asked not to be identified.
In 1692 there was a massive quake that sank most of Port Royal, to the east of Jamaica. 2000 died and another 3000 killed from disease and injury associated with the quake. There was a sea surge known scientifically as a Tsunami which is believed took many of the lives lost from the quake.
There is an underground city in Port Royal. Will this city ever be raised?
Tourists visit the site to see some of the buildings tilted which survived the quake. The most famous is the “Giddy House”, made of bricks. Which is in tact, but tilted at about 45 degrees to ground level.
The coast guard has an outpost there.
Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie is Senior National & International Correspondent for Vision Newspaper