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Major earthquake strikes Caribbean

28 Jan 2020, 4:11 pm

A magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck the Caribbean Sea on Monday, striking about 80 miles northwest of the country of Jamaica.

Here’s a look at where exactly this earthquake took place, roughly in between Jamaica, Cuba and the Cayman Islands.

Strong shaking was reported in the Cayman Islands, Jamaica and as far away as south Florida. The earthquake struck shortly after 2 p.m. local time on Tuesday.

There were also reports that buildings in downtown Miami, Florida were being evacuated due to the earthquake.

After an initial “alert” from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, any threat for a possible Caribbean tsunami was discontinued on Tuesday evening. Seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones tweeted earlier on Tuesday that the motion of the earthquake made the risk of a tsunami “low”.

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