The quake was registered at 5:31 p.m. ET about 12½ miles north-northwest of Yaguaraparo on the northeast tip of Venezuela. Buildings were evacuated. In Caracas, the capital, an unfinished skyscraper known as David’s Tower sustained damage to its upper floors.There was no threat of a tsunami to Puerto Rico, the closest U.S. territory in the region. However, people near the coast are still asked to remain “observant” and to exercise “caution” near the ocean. There were three aftershocks shortly after.
People in the street in Venezuela after earthquake
The Venezuelan government, already dealing with a devastating economic crisis, had deployed 20,000 emergency workers.Venezuela’s Interior MinIster, Néstor Luis Reverol, wrote on Twitter: “We call on all of the people of Venezuela to remain calm.” Centred near the town of Guiria, it was the largest recorded in the are in the 20th and 21st centuries. The quake was about 76 miles deep (123km), which likely eased its surface shaking. There was no threat of a tsunami to Puerto Rico, the closest U.S. territory in the region. Trinidad,Tobago and Grenada were also affected. Phone lines and power have been out and there have been reports of structural damage to buildings. Videos uploaded to social media showed debris falling on cars, items flying off store shelves and buildings having been damaged.