Powerful earthquake hits Carribean on Tuesday, with several aftershocks

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A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.7 struck between Cuba and Jamaica Tuesday afternoon.

The quake was felt strongly in the Cuban city of Santiago and in several provinces including Guantanamo and Santiago de Cuba in the east, Cienfuegos in the center and Havana in the northwest. Its center was six miles beneath the surface. It was also felt in north of Miami, 440 miles from the epicenter. There were several aftershocks, including one the US Geological Survey said had a magnitude of 6.1. It was initially unclear if there were any injuries or damages. Authorities evacuated the Datran building in the Dadeland area and other buildings, but no visible damage was detected. The quake triggered warnings of a tsunami for a large area of the Caribbean.

A second warning predicted the waves could reach three and a half feet above the tide level for some coasts of Belize, Cuba, Honduras, Mexico, The Cayman Islands and Jamaica. No tsunami occurred. The tsunami threat alert was lifted Tuesday afternoon. Social media was flooded with posts of photos and video from people documenting the event. The quake was also felt in Mexico’s Quintana Roo state, where Cancun is located. As of Tuesday evening, there were no reports of loss of life from the earthquake. The earthquake appears to have been a “strike-slip earthquake,” in which tectonic plates slide against each other.

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