Located in the Caribbean Sea at 18°N 77°W, the island of Jamaica has historically experienced very destructive earthquakes (Sloane, 1809; Brown, 1907; Cornish, 1908; Davidson, 1907; Fuller, 1907; Taber, 1920; Hall, 1922; Robinson, 1958; Tomblin and Robson, 1977). Because nothing was known of the local seismicity, a seismic network, starting with one station in 1961 (Jackson, 1989), was installed to get more information. The network developed slowly and in a haphazard manner, giving few reliable results (Pereira and Turnovsky, 1978; Shepherd and Aspinall, 1980) in the...

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