Earthquakes are a major natural hazard throughout the Eastern Caribbean, second only to hurricanes in the amount of damage they have inflicted. Montserrat has suffered from major earthquakes, most notable in 1843 when nearly every building in Plymouth was damaged and six lives were lost [check] from a magnitude 8 [check] earthquake.

More information about earthquake hazards in the Eastern Caribbean can be found at UWI Seismic Research Centre.