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The regional authorities of Upper Takutu-Upper Esequibo( Region 9) have confirmed that there are some damage to properties and earth surfaces in the Region due to the 5.7 magnitude earthquake that shook several parts of Guyana earlier today.
The Regional Response System is mobilised and ready to conduct assessment and give support to affected families, the Civil Defence Commission said in a statement Sunday evening.
Residents of Region Nine were rattled by a earth tremor resulting from a earthquake next door in Boa Vista, Brazil’s border town near Lethem.
“The Civil Defence Commission Commission received reports of an earthquake with a shallow depth of 10 km and an epicenter near Boa Vista, Roraima, Brazil that occurred on Sunday, 31 January 2021 at 3:05 pm local time.
Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface,” the CDC said in an earlier statement. It added that its global disaster response partners stated that the exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the earthquake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
The CDC said it will continue to monitor this event through the National Emergency Monitoring System (NEMS) and provide updates as more information becomes available.”