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- CDERA SITREP #1 - Dominica Earthquake
  • From: CDERA Information Unit <pubinfo AT cdera.org>
  • Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2004 19:14:36 GMT
ISSUED BY: Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA)
DATE: Novemeber 22, 2004
TIME: 12.00pm

Communities remain cutoff after Dominica Earthquake

Barbados, Nov 22, 2004 (CDERA) – The National Emergency Planning Office in 
Dominica met this morning to review the extent of damage and determine the 
nature of assistance required in the aftermath of the quake which shook the 
island early Sunday morning. Mr. Cecil Shillingford, National Disaster 
Coordinator has reported that their primary concern at the moment is getting 
access to and relief supplies into Grand Fonds, Good Hope and Petit Soufriere 
three communities that remain inaccessible since the earthquake. Engineering 
support is also required to conduct technical assessment of buildings, roads 
and areas affected by landslides. 

On Sunday November 21, 2004 at 7.41am Dominica was struck by a moderate 
Earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale. The epicenter of the earthquake 
was about 10km north of Dominica. The preliminary location for the event was 
15.77°N 61.44°W. A strong aftershock followed at 09.36am. The quake was also 
felt in Antigua & Barbuda, Montserrat, St. Kitts/Nevis, Saint Lucia and St. 
Vincent & the Grenadines.

The Northern Section of Dominica primarily the Portsmouth District was severely 
affected by the quake which caused serious structural damage.  Access to the 
area has been hampered due to blocked roads leading into Portsmouth. This has 
been as a result of mudslides from the heavy rains which having been impacting 
the island since last week. Approximately 1500 persons in the communities of 
Petit Soufriere, Grand Fonds and Good Hope remain inaccessible and 25 persons 
are in shelters in Portsmouth.

Meanwhile the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency Coordinating Unit 
has been making arrangements in response to the country emergency.  CDERA’s 
Preparedness and Response Manager, Mr. Donovan Gentles is scheduled to hold 
discussions with Emergency Officials in Dominica tomorrow. Two Japanese experts 
with the Caribbean Disaster Management Project (CADM) are scheduled to arrive 
in Dominica also on November 23, to begin assessing debris flows resulting from 
the mudslides.  

CDERA has also secured the support of the University of the West Indies who 
will send two engineers to assist structural damage assessments. CDERA in 
collaboration with USAID/OFDA and the Regional Security Systems (RSS/CLO) are 
finalizing arrangements for accessing helicopter support for Dominica. 

The Eastern Caribbean Donor Group (ECDG) will meet this afternoon to discuss 
response strategies and appropriate support.

The CDERA CU will continue to provide SITREPS on the Dominican Earthquakethe 
Dominica situation as updated information becomes available. This may be viewed 
at www.cdera.org .

Jeremy Collymore
Coordinator, CDERA
Tel:  (246) 425-0386

Donovan Gentles
Preparedness & Response Manager, CDERA
Tel:  (246) 425-0386

- TD 11
  • From: "George W. McCullough" <fatgeorge AT peoplepc.com>
  • Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2004 10:40:54 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
We have been receiving pretty constant rain here on the northern end of 
Dominica from TD 11.  The rain began yesterday in the early morning hours and 
has continued throughout the night and into today with no signs of letting up.  
It is not a heavy rain, more of a heavy drizzle without any wind.  It reminds 
me of fall back home, kind of gloomy.  Although I am sure that we will be 
sweating our socks off again within the next couple days!!

Ross University School of Medicine

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- All is clear
  • From: "George W. McCullough" <fatgeorge AT peoplepc.com>
  • Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2004 19:22:39 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
While we were lucky with the recent passing of Ivan, many parents and concerned 
watchers have written me asking for updates.  I have decided to post so that 
all of you may benefit.  We here in Dominica were left largely untouched by 
Ivan, receiving little rain and wind.  Classes were canceled and the University 
was shut down on Tuesday.  Everyone here is safe, and now praying for those who 
did not fare so well.  Collections have been started here at the university for 
Medical Students in Grenada.  Our thought and prayers are with them and those 
who still are threatened by Ivan.

Ross University School of Medicine

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- 170 miles...and counting?
  • From: "George W. McCullough" <fatgeorge AT peoplepc.com>
  • Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 12:01:17 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
While the storm is nearly 170 miles from us here on the northern portion of 
Dominica, the students here at Ross are waiting anxiously for it to pass.  
Sitting for exams and dreaming of nearby days in the states, the student hope 
that the storm, and rains that it is bringing, will not continue through the 
week.  Many student, including myself, will be heading to the states this 
coming weekend for a long awaited, and well deserved respite from the grind of 
books and lectures.  The weather currently here on the north end, is a bit 
abnormal (but what is normal anyway?).  We have been getting some pretty heavy 
gusts of rain that last for a few minutes at a time then stop.  The temperature 
is cool and the winds are blowing. 

Ross University School of Medicine

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- Calm before the storm?
  • From: "George W. McCullough" <fatgeorge AT peoplepc.com>
  • Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2004 09:08:20 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
On the north end of the island we are getting ready for Tropical Depression 
Two.  While the weather here is not bad right now we are told that it may get 
worse within the next several hours.  Currently it is a bit overcast, cool with 
light sprinkles.  Pretty typical of this side of the island, other than the 
temperature!  We will let you know more once the weather changes, if the storm 
stays it's course!  Yesterday was rather beautiful with the bright sun beating 
down and nice cool breeze.  I guess that was just the calm before the storm.

Ross University School of Medicine

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- Very violent weather...
  • From: "nich shillingford" <nichs AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 11 Jul 2004 08:08:45 +0000
Dear Gert,
N.B.(I wasn't sure if this would make it with the outlook software, and also 
with the bad weather so I've tried sending this message again with hotmail)

Wonderful site, I’ve been following the updates here for a few Years; 
nonetheless I am making my first post this morning.

I was heading back into the city – Roseau, near the Cathedral very early 
this morning when the worst of the weather caused by this advancing tropical 
wave met me.
I must say this weather has literally caught many Dominicans by storm; I am 
sure there were quite a few persons out ‘feteing’ as we say or liming as the 
‘trinis’ say. Many vehicles were caught in the deluge and countless 
motorists seemed unsure of how to proceed in what could rightly have been 
described as violent weather. This was the case -at least from where I was 
in Roseau and environs/ suburbs.
Certainly in the South of the Island the weather was absolutely wild and 
rough for about two hours straight. Beginning at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday 
morning the sky although overcast incredibly had turned into a faint reddish 
hue and this was an acute but very brief warning of the adverse weather 
conditions to follow.

It had been a long time since I had driven through such extreme conditions. 
The visibility was almost zero on the road, and the only thing ironically 
actually helping driving along in most areas was the unabated fork and flash 
lightning with what seemed to be many episodes of cloud to ground contact in 
some elevations, which needless to say was intimidating and mitigated 
somewhat against driving. Expectedly, the power was coming and going all 
over the suburbs of Roseau, but this particular line of thundershowers and 
thunderstorms plunged the city (central) into darkness for over an hour. The 
rain has eased but has been coming relentlessly from about 12:30a.m. when it 
really started to get bad. There is vegetation strewn over a lot of the road 
ways especially near the Elmshall road which is close to the Botanic 
In some cases persons who were trying to flee from the city were literally 
‘arrested’ by the endless squall lines that blew through and had to 
desperately seek shelter anywhere where feasible. The winds appeared to have 
been near gale force. Currently, the rivers are all cresting and the rest of 
the morning is slowly coming. I’ll wait and see if this weather will persist 
into Sunday and if mass attendance might be affected at all. I do hope there 
aren’t any major land slides, God forbid to speak about.
Do continue to keep up the good work and maintain this site.
May God bless us all and continue to protect all of our islands during this 
2004 Atlantic hurricane season.

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