7/16/2015 — Rare M6.5 earthquake strikes Caribbean near Barbados

A rare magnitude 6.5 earthquake has struck East of Barbados in the Southeast Caribbean. (now revised to M6.4 by the USGS)

6.5 earthquake barbados july 16 2015


Over the past 7 days (leading up to July 16), there has been only one M6.0+ earthquake globally.  Normally there are 2-3 M6.0+ earthquakes per week around the world.


Less than 24 hours ago, a new deep earthquake occurred in the Asthenosphere below the West Pacific.  This deep movement sent off a new round of activity across the globe, particularly showing up as multiple swarms, and now a large earthquake near the well known Caribbean volcanic island chain.

6.5 earthquake barbados july 16 2015a


Information on this Barbados earthquake from the USGS:

Magnitude 6.5 Mi
Location/uncertainty 14.000°N 58.500°W± 0.0 km
Depth/uncertainty 23.0 km± 0.0
Origin Time
Number of Stations 55
Number of Phases 55
Minimum Distance 0.00 km (0.00°)
Travel Time Residual 0.99 sec
Azimuthal Gap 226.8°
FE Region Northeast of Barbados, Windward Islands (402)