Residents on St. Maarten ran out of their homes and buildings Sunday after an earthquake measuring 5.2 was felt in the St. Maarten region. The center of the location was 18.08 km North and 62.83 West at a depth of 80 km.
At about 11: 12.53 when the quake hit, some residents say they felt the shaking and the rumbling first then a loud boom that brought them to attention that something was happening. The source parameters reviewed by a seismologist indicated that the quake was felt in Gustavia, Saint Barthelemy, Marigot Saint Martin, The Valley Anguilla and Basseterre, Saint Kitts/Nevis.
It was sometime around the middle of this year 2017 that a Seismic Research Center in Trinidad predicted that we can expect a strong magnitude earthquake in our area anytime soon. That prediction seem to have now come to pass and this might just be one of more to come.