Notes From The Margin

November 29, 2007

Earthquake Update: Reports of one fatality in Guadeloupe.

Filed under: Dominica,Earthquake,guadeloupe,Martinique,Uncategorized — notesfromthemargin @ 9:02 pm

Reports are coming in of a 3 year old girl being killed in Guadeloupe due to a falling wall. Also there are reports of widespread property damage.

A strong earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale has killed a three-year-old girl, injured numerous people and caused widespread damage in Guadeloupe.

The fire and rescue service says the girl was crushed by a collapsed wall in Trois-Rivieres on the island Basse-Terre and died on her way to hospital, while her seven-year-old sister was in critical condition.

There were also numerous injuries and widespread property damage on Terre-de-Bas, one of the Saints islands, that are located just south of Basse-Terre, the French overseas department’s main island.

The quake struck at 11:50 GMT with the seismological institutes in Guadeloupe and continental France putting its epicentre south of the Saints islands towards neighbouring Dominica, numerous aftershocks were recorded.

Most of Terre-de-Basse’s 1,300 inhabitants had gathered on the field of the island’s only stadium.

“People whose homes are intact don’t want to go back to them and we are going to have to set up a tent village,” a fire and rescue service officer said.

Many homes and public buildings suffered damage, with the church partially collapsing.

We will continue to update as news comes in

 

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