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PNP urges Gov't to step up earthquake awareness campaign

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — People's National Party (PNP) spokesperson on environment Sophia Frazer Binns is urging the Government to step up the public campaign on earthquake preparedness in light of recent tremors reported across the island.

“Jamaica must not take for granted the fact that the shocks that have been reported have been relatively minor and that the island has been spared, but use the reported incidents of earth movement as a teaching moment, especially for our children,” Frazer Binns said in a release.

While commiserating with our neighbour Haiti on the deaths of 17 people in the recent earthquake experiences, Frazer Binns said too many Jamaicans do not take heed to the well-established response procedures, and in the event of a major earthquake, many will be caught off-guard.

The environment spokesperson said it is urgent that a national response to a possible earthquake threat is publicised, and that the work of the Earthquake Unit at the University of the West Indies is brought front and centre in this effort, the release said.

“The public needs to know where are the gathering places and in the event that there is an earthquake. We need to know what to do if there are aftershocks in the case of a big event. We cannot just sit and wait for a crisis to figure these things out,” Frazer Binns stated.

“Outside of Earthquake Week, we need to keep our people reminded that Jamaica sits on a fault line and therefore we must have ready plans ahead of eventualities,” she added.

The island was rattled by three minor quakes in just over a month, with the most recent recorded Sunday night.

The other two tremors were felt on September 3 and September 16.

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