Powerful natural disaster hits between Cuba and Jamaica

Elias Hubbard
January 29, 2020

Several additional earthquakes have shaken the region in the hours following the natural disaster, including a 4.5 and 4.9 magnitude tremor located 71 kilometers (44 miles) southeast of the Cayman Islands and a 4.7 magnitude quake northwest of Lucea, the USGS reports.

It's not immediately clear if there are damage or injuries.

The quake hit 125 kilometers (77.6 miles) north-northwest of Lucea in Jamaica.

"Based on all available data. the tsunami threat from this quake has passed and there is no further threat", the update read.

Waves up to one metre above tide level are possible along some coasts of Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico, Belize, Honduras and Cayman Islands.

Later, the National Weather Service said there is "no tsunami threat for the Gulf of Mexico or eastern United States from the 7.7 quake in the Caribbean near Cuba and Jamaica".

"We felt slight movement of the building, then we got told to evacuate the building", he said.

"As of now, there are no injuries or structural damages".

“The tremor lasted for around two minutes and we could feel the stairs moving as we evacuated the office.

Earlier, a tsunami of 0.4 feet was recorded in the Cayman Islands at George Town, but no tsunami was observed at Port Royal, Jamaica or Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.

Claude Diedrick, 71, who owns a fencing business in Montego Bay, said he was sitting in his vehicle reading when the earth began to sway.

"It felt very strong but it doesn't look like anything happened, " she added.

"Sinkholes have been confirmed at a number of points across the Islands and members of the public are advised to avoid these wherever they occur", it said, warning that a "number of aftershocks may occur over the next few days".

The quake "was just like a big dump truck rolling past".

He said he had seen no damage around his home in northern Jamaica.

The quake was also felt in several provinces across Cuba, the government said.

"Cayman Islands and Cuba", the International Tsunami Information Center said.

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