GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Department of Communication hereby informs that the Government of Sint Maarten and or its related entities responsible, did not issue a tsunami warning or watch on Friday in connection with the 6.0 magnitude earthquake that took place Friday morning (7.02AM) in the vicinity of the islands of Antigua and Guadeloupe.
During the course of Friday, a rumor started on social media that the country was under a tsunami watch/warning. This rumor created a lot of unnecessary panic among some of the populace.
The United States National Weather Service (NWS)-National Tsunami Warning Center (NTWC) in a public tsunami information statement issued at 7.07AM on Friday stated that: there is no tsunami danger for the area listed above (U.S., Canada, East Coasts, Gulf of Mexico, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands); based on earthquake information and historic tsunami records, the earthquake is not expected to generate a tsunami.
The community is advised to only pay attention to official government communications when issued via its relevant departments.