Tsunami warning after 7.7-magnitude quake hits Jamaica

  29 January 2020    Read: 688
Tsunami warning after 7.7-magnitude quake hits Jamaica

A tsunami warning has been issued for Jamaica, Cuba and the Cayman Islands after a 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck the Caribbean, Sky News reports. 

A tsunami warning has been issued for Jamaica, Cuba and the Cayman Islands after a 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck Jamaica.

The powerful tremor struck 72 miles (117 km) northwest of the coastal town of Lucea at a depth of around six miles (10 km), the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The International Tsunami Information Center warned that "hazardous tsunami waves" could occur "within 186 miles (300 km) of the epicenter along the coasts of Jamaica... Cayman Islands and Cuba."

The quake, centered in the sea between the three countries, was initially measured at 7.3 magnitude before being upgraded.

In Cuba, officials said there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The quake could be felt strongly in Santiago, according to Belkis Guerrero, who works in the centre of the city.

"We were all sitting and we felt the chairs move. We heard the noise of everything moving around."


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