7.7 quake hits Caribbean, Tsunami warning issued
Published: 12:00 PM, 29 January 2020 Updated: 03:28 PM, 29 January 2020
The tremors triggered panic and forced people to rush out of their flats and offices. Photo: Collected
A powerful 7.7-magnitude earthquake has struck in the Caribbean between Jamaica and Cuba on Tuesday, triggering a brief tsunami alert and sending hundreds of people pouring onto the streets of Havana.
According to the US Geological Survey, the quake hit at a depth of 10 kilometres (six miles) at 2:10 pm (1910 GMT) - 125 kilometres northwest of Lucea, Jamaica.
Offices, buildings shook and tremors were felt across the Caribbean, lasting for several seconds. It also felt in nearby Cuba, according to initial reports. However, there were no immediate reports of casualties. Some offices were temporarily evacuated in Miami and parts of Jamaica.
Hours later, a 6.1 magnitude aftershock hit off the coast of the Cayman Islands, part of a cluster of more than a dozen aftershocks which were mainly in the four-to-five magnitude range and lasted well into the evening, the USGS said.
The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) initially warned there was a threat of tsunami waves reaching 0.3 to one meter (about one to three feet) above tide level for the coasts of Jamaica, Belize, Cuba, Honduras, Mexico and the Cayman Islands. But it lifted the alert update about two hours later.