Some Caribbean territories have reportedly been put under Tsunami alert following a magnitude 5.1 earthquake that struck off the coast of Dominica earlier today, January 8.
The earthquake, which was recorded by the US Geological Survey (USGS), occurred at 9:01 a.m. (local time) some two kilometres south east of the town of Berekua in St Patrick, at a depth of 144 kilometres.
The effects of the tremor have reportedly been felt north and south of Dominica in French dependencies of Martinique and Guadeloupe.
It is reportedly the biggest earthquake to hit Dominica since July 25 last year, when a magnitude 5.5 was felt in sections of the island.
Only two days ago, Dominica was among several islands which felt a 6.4 magnitude quake which rocked Puerto Rico.
A Tsunami warning is announced when there is a possibility of event happening. Earthquakes are the main causes of Tsunami.