The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) says a robust magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck south of Cuba and northwest of Jamaica on Tuesday.
It was centred 139 kilometres northwest of Montego Bay, Jamaica, and 140 kilometres west-southwest of Niquero, Cuba. It hit at 2:10 p.m. ET, and the epicentre was a comparatively shallow 10 kilometres beneath the floor.
There have been no quick studies of injury or accidents, however the quake triggered tsunami warnings for Cuba, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. “Hazardous tsunami waves” are doable inside 300 kilometres of the epicentre alongside the coasts of the three nations, the Worldwide Tsunami Data Centre stated.
The quake may very well be felt strongly in Santiago, the biggest far-eastern Cuban metropolis, stated Belkis Guerrero, who works in a Catholic cultural centre within the centre of Santiago
“We have been all sitting, and we felt the chairs transfer,” she stated. “We heard the noise of the whole lot transferring round.”
She stated there was no obvious injury within the coronary heart of the colonial metropolis.
“It felt very robust, nevertheless it would not seem like something occurred,” she informed The Related Press.
‘Like an enormous dump truck’
Within the Cayman Islands, the quake left cracked roads and what gave the impression to be sewage spilling from cracked mains. There have been no quick studies of deaths, accidents or extra extreme injury, stated Kevin Morales, editor-in-chief of the Cayman Compass newspaper.
The islands see so few earthquakes that newsroom workers have been puzzled when it hit, he stated.
“It was similar to an enormous dump truck was rolling previous,” Morales stated. “Then it continued and bought extra intense.”
The catastrophe administration company for the Cayman Islands authorities on Twitter urged folks to maneuver away from coastal areas and stated that these in low-lying areas ought to “evacuate vertically” in robust multi-storey buildings.
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The USGS initially reported the magnitude at 7.3.