#Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – Saturday October 6, 2018 – It all started with one concerned resident feeling certain that she had just experienced an earthquake tremor as she watched television tonight at her home in Providenciales; it was at 8:17 pm that her home shook and then she reached out to Magnetic Media for answers.
The question sent us on a hunt for an answer and that answer was found immediately at the US Geological Survey’s website where earthquakes are recorded and reported instantly. There it was, information on an earthquake at 8:11 pm in Ti Port de Paix, Haiti with shock waves emanating from the town in the north of Haiti that reached both archipelagos.
Diagrams supplied by the USGS were startling, to say the least.
Once we issued the news story over to WhatsApp groups within the Turks and Caicos and Bahamas, including some in Jamaica and Barbados, more reports of ‘feeling’ the earthquake came pouring in – from both countries and yes, from Haiti.
In Providenciales: Cooper Jack, Juba Sound, Glass Shack, Millennium Heights, down town Provo and Blue Hills had residents who say they felt the earthquake. In Blue Hills, residents actually ran outside at the shock of experiencing the tremors. There were fluctuations in internet service in Grace Bay and Wheeland; both Providenciales communities.
One other island of the Turks and Caicos had a report that their ‘dinner table shook’; it came from Middle Caicos.
Harbour Island, Bahamas had one person reporting that their phone was shaking and from Inagua, which is more southeast and nearer to Haiti, there were many more instances of the earthquake spreading on social media. Here are comments from voice notes received on WhatsApp from one of our contacts in The Bahamas:
“Inagua people did y’all feel the earth shake just now. You all need to turn our radios and televisions on to see what’s going on, cause I sure we just had a tremor just now.”
“Just received some information, sound like that was from Haiti. So we feel that serious over here so it probably was a big one over there.”
Soon after, there was official information from the Bahamas Department of Meteorology, as Turks and Caicos Home Affairs Minister, Delroy Williams confirmed the 5.9 magnitude earthquake as a frightening reality for both chain of islands.
“THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY HAS ISSUED AN ALERT OF AN EARTHQUAKE 8:45 EDT SATURDAY, 06TH OCTOBER, 2018.
AN EARTHQUAKE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS AND THEIR ADJACENT WATERS. AT 8:35 PM AN EARTHQUAKE MEASURING 5.9 ON THE RICTOR SCALE OCCURRED IN THE MONA PASSAGE BETWEEN HAITI AND CUBA. NO TSUNAMI WARNINGS HAVE BEEN GIVEN AT THIS TIME. THIS SYSTEM IS BEING CLOSELY MONITORED FOR FURTHER DEVELOPMENT AT THIS TIME.”
Trevor Basden, Director at the Department of Meteorology in The Bahamas moments later added: “Captain Russell (NEMA) has advised that this earthquake was felt in Matthew Town, Inagua.” He added, “DDME TCI has advised me that earthquake also felt in Providenciales, TCI.”
Cuba, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic were also expected to feel the quake; but we have no reports from those countries at this time.
It is early yet, still sources in Turks and Caicos say there is disturbing news from Haiti that there was damage to homes in Ti Port de Paix, which was the part of Haiti struck directly by the 5.9 magnitude earthquake.