The United States Geologic Service just reported that a massive 7.7 earthquake has struck Cuba and Jamaica. The nearly-unprecedented Caribbean quake was relatively shallow, estimated at a depth of a little over 6 miles and was located about 80 miles from both Cuba and Jamaica. The U.S. Tsunami Warning System has not yet reported any risk of tsunami, but eastern Mexico, Haiti, Jamaica and Cuba would all be in the potential path of any resultant waves.
According to AccuWeather, “there has not been a major earthquake associated with the Puerto Rico Trench in over 200 years. The last event was a 8.1 tremor in 1787.”
Caribbean 7.7 Earthquake Felt in Miami, Buildings Evacuated
By Steve Almasy, Brandon Miller and Alla Eshchenko. People in Miami, 440 miles from the epicenter, felt shaking.
Miguel Charon was on the 13th floor of a building on Brickell Avenue. He told CNN he felt the walls shake for 30 to 40 seconds. His initial thought was that it must have been caused by a machine of some sort. He said building officials issued an evacuation order and people left the building in a smooth and calm manner.
Jose Borrego, who also works in the Brickell area, said he was in a meeting.
“We felt slight movement of the building, then we got told to evacuate the building,” he said. “Once we came outside (we) noticed that there are evacuations every building in the area.”
— JB (@JBSavage93) January 28, 2020
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