Earthquake rocks St Lucia during TS Kirk

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earthquake.jpgSt. Lucia, feeling the wrath of Tropical Storm Kirk, was hit by a strong earthquake on Friday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damages.

The Seismic Research Unit of the St Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) said that the earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 hit the island at 8:32 am (local time).

It said the location of the quake was Latitude: 15.11 north, Longitude: 60.43 west at a depth of 10 kilometres (km).

The quake was felt 134 km north east of Castries, 108 km east south east of Roseau in Dominica and 91 km north east of Fort-de-France, the capital of the French-speaking island of Martinique.

Tropical Storm Kirk was drenching St Lucia with heavy rains and string winds, knocking out electricity in some parts of the island as well as causing several landslides. The storm is located 140 miles west south west and of St Lucia and 160 miles west south west of Martinique.

The authorities have discontinued a tropical storm warning for Martinique and Guadeloupe, and the Meteorological Service of Barbados has discontinued the tropical storm warning for the island and Dominica.

A tropical storm warning remains in effect for St Lucia and a tropical storm watch is in effect for St Vincent and the Grenadines.