Massive magnitude 7.7 earthquake strikes between Cuba and Jamaica

by Daniel Payne · Jan 28th, 2020 3:29 pm

Last Updated Jan 28th, 2020 at 5:35 pm

A powerful 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck in between Cuba and Jamaica Tuesday, a tremor so massive that it was felt in Miami more than 500 miles away and buildings there were evacuated. The extent of damage and injuries is not yet clear.

According to the Associated Press:

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center initially warned that the quake could generate waves 1 to 3 feet above normal in Cuba, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Honduras, Mexico and Belize, but issued a later message saying the danger had passed.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake took place six miles beneath the local seabed. Six miles is relatively shallow for an earthquake, and shallower tremors are more likely to be more destructive.

The USGS is tracking the quake and updating its website regularly with new information.


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