A 3.4 magnitude tremor was registered 40 miles south of Bodden Town Wednesday night.
The US Geological Survey reported that the tremor struck at 7:25pm at a depth of 6.2 miles.
The minor seismic event follows last Wednesday’s 4.4 magnitude earthquake, which also occurred at a depth of 6.2 miles, 30 miles south of Bodden Town.
On 28 Jan., Cayman was rocked by a major 7.7 magnitude earthquake. In the days immediately after the quake, Cayman registered 21 aftershocks.
While there was no significant damage recorded in Cayman, the powerful quake, the largest recorded in the region in recent history, did damage the Water Authority’s underground pipelines.
Repairs are still ongoing.
The Water Authority, in a statement to the Cayman Compass, said it has made repairs to both main and service lines that were damaged in the January earthquake.
“Additionally, the Authority has made adjustments to its water distribution pumping to ensure daily water demands were met while leak repairs took place,” it said.
While damaged pipelines have been found across its network, the company said, areas that were particularly challenging in the initial response included South Sound and Windsor Park, due to the number of sinkholes found in those places.
“Normal water service was restored within 48 hours of the earthquake. However, as repair works still take place, there may still be periods when customers in isolated areas experience temporary service interruption to facilitate repair work,” the Water Authority said.
It added that assessments and repair work are expected to continue for the next several weeks.
“We thank customers for their patience with this process. We encourage customers to check our website and social media for information about the repair works in their area. We also ask that our customers report any broken lines to the Authority,” Water Authority Director Gelia Frederick-van Genderen said in the statement.
The full impact of the quake, and the cost associated with fixing related damage cannot be determined at this point, the authority said.
It added that it had been continually engaged in infrastructure upgrade work before the January earthquake, but such events can still have an impact.
“While the Authority does prioritise the proper maintenance of its network, because the distribution network is underground, there will always be a risk of impact in the event of an earthquake,” it said.