Jamaica commemorates 1907 earthquake

January 17, 2017
Olivia Grange (left), minister of culture, gender, entertainment and sport, and opposition leader, Portia Simpson-Miller lay a wreath at the 110th Anniversary ceremony for 1907 Kingston Earthquake at Bumper Hall, Greenwich Town in Kingston recently.

The importance of public awareness and preparedness was highlighted during a ceremony on Friday (January 13) to mark the 110th anniversary of the 1907 Kingston earthquake that claimed more than 1,000 lives and left a trail of destruction in its wake.

The function was held at the 1907 Earthquake Monument in Bumper Hall, Greenwich Town, St Andrew, where 501 unidentified victims were buried.

It was organised by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) as part of activities marking Earthquake Awareness Month.

Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie said commemorating the earthquake and honouring the memory of the victims should serve to push persons to take safeguards against such a disaster.

In a message read by councillor for the Tivoli Gardens Division Donovan Samuels, McKenzie said that Jamaica rests on a number of faults, which makes Jamaica vulnerable to earthquakes.

He noted that a new fault was discovered in the Kingston Harbour in 2010.

"This should cause us to take earthquake awareness very seriously," he said.

He encouraged persons to be more receptive to the ODPEM's public-awareness campaign.

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