Live footage from the ICC U-19 World Cup match between Ireland and Zimbabwe shook vigorously for seconds as an earthquake off Port of Spain sent slight tremors through through the Queen’s Park Oval here.
While players were unaware and continued the action on the pitch, commentators could feel the tremors as the commentary box began to shake.
The earthquake was measured at 5.2 magnitudes on the Richter scale.
Commentator Andrew Leonard described the tremors as the comment box began to wobble.
”We’re…I think we’re having an earthquake right now. In the box. We do have an earthquake. It was like not only was a train passing behind us, but the whole Queen’s Park Oval media center shook,” he said.
The tremors reportedly lasted 15 to 20 seconds.
Irish spinner Matthew Humphreys was throwing the fifth ball of the sixth to Zimbabwe’s Brian Bennett when the front camera showing the action began to shake.
The game was not stopped as Bennett played a defensive shot halfway through and then hit the next ball to the boundary.
”A magnitude 5.2 earthquake struck near Trinidad and Tobago on Saturday morning. According to the UWI Seismic Research Center, the earthquake occurred around 9:40 a.m. at a depth of 10 km,’ a report on the Loop News website said. The two teams were vying for places 9-12 at the Plate League World Cup, having finished third in their respective groups. Straddling half centuries by fly-half Jack Dickson (78) and skipper Tim Tector (76 not out) after pacemaker Muzamil Sherzad’s excellent 5/20, Ireland emerged victorious by five wickets chasing a goal of 167.
A statement from Ireland Cricket on the game said: ‘Sherzad, however, was not the only thing that hit the Queens Park Oval today, with a 5.1 magnitude earthquake shaking the ground. halfway through the Zimbabwe innings. “The commentary team, which included Irishman Andrew Leonard, bravely continued to commentate in good humor as an assessment was made of any potential damage to the historic ground which has stood at the site since 1896.”
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