Small quake near Cayman

A minor magnitude 4.4 earthquake occurred in the Cayman Islands region at 12.11am Tuesday.

The epicentre of the earthquake was 20 miles south of George Town at a depth of 16.2 miles.

Dr. William Petrie, the director of the Mosquito Research Control Unit, which monitors earthquakes in Cayman, said the event was not particularly unusual for our region.

‘We get minor tremors all the time,’ he said.

There were reports of the earthquake being felt in Bodden Town, George Town and West Bay.

Mr. Petrie said he was not an expert on seismology, but that Tuesday’s earthquake was not anything to worry about.

‘A 4.4 earthquake is not serious, and could probably be more described as a tremor,’ he said.

The tremor occurred in same area as 6.8 magnitude earthquake that rattled homes in Grand Cayman 14 December.

‘This one occurred much deeper, which makes a big difference,’ said Mr. Petrie.

After the December earthquake, the MRCU received seismology equipment on loan through the University of the West Indies in Jamaica.

The person trained to read the data produced from that equipment, MRCU assistant director in charge of research and development Alan Wheeler, is off the island.

Mr. Petrie said Mr. Wheeler could provide more data on Tuesday’s tremor when he returns.