A short earthquake hit Trinidad and Tobago and part of Venezuela about 22:13h lasting no more than three seconds, sending tremors as far as Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis and Granada.
According to reports, some sections of the twin island republic suffered power outages as a result of the quake.
The magnitude was 6.1 on the Richter scale and the epicentre of the earthquake was 33 kilometres North of Guiria, Venezuela.
As a free service to the world, the United States Geological Survey’s (USGS) Earthquake Hazards Programme would normally provide the magnitude but initially, thanks to the Republican government shutdown, the data was initially unavailable.
There was no report of damage in Guyana but the tremors here were felt in Georgetown, Corriverton, Berbice, Linden, Bartica, Mahdia and the North West District. The shaking here lasted for about a minute and soon after, many took to Facebook and Twitter to file their comments and observations.
“Wow, I thought de flu was making me feel dizzy lol, but it was a tremor!!!” one person said on Facebook. Another said, “And I think I was crazy.. Lol,” but soon after another Facebooker said, “well now you know you are not”.
Friendly Forecast has issued a tsunami alert for near the coast of Venezuela