Mild earthquake shakes parts of island on Monday evening and is felt in neighbouring Guadeloupe and St. Kitts

A 4.7 magnitude earthquake was felt in certain parts of Antigua and Barbuda on Monday evening, April 4.

The tremor lasted for only a few seconds, and some residents describe it as strong. Others say there were two distinct shakes, while still others say they did not feel a thing.

Officials are reporting that the phenomenon occurred at about 6:02 p.m. and was located 75 kilometres east-southeast of St. John’s.

In addition to Antigua and Barbuda, other areas that felt the tremor include Point-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe, and Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis.

The quake was located 83 km northeast of Guadeloupe and 175 km east-southeast of Basseterre.

Antigua and Barbuda lies in a hurricane zone and will occasionally experience tremors that are usually not serious or destructive.