An earthquake of magnitude 4.7 has hit Rodrigues yesterday night, February 17.
The incident is nothing new to Rodrigues: it has had similar tremors since the beginning of the year. However, this marks the first time that the people of Rodrigues have actually felt the ground shaking.
Fortunately, no damage has been reported.
The affected area should be constantly under surveillance, says oceanographer Vassen Kaupaymootoo in a statement to Radio Plus. He explains that undersea earthquakes have been detected in the north-east of the island since some years now. According to him, Rodrigues is situated in a risky seismic zone. He has further highlighted the need for surveillance.