World • 29 January, 2020

Magnitude 7.7 quake hits near Cuba

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A magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck south of Cuba, triggering evacuation warnings across the Caribbean and sending office workers fleeing in Miami’s financial district, Bloomberg reports.

The quake struck at 2:10 p.m. ET between Cuba and Jamaica, with an epicenter 10 kilometers (6 miles) beneath the surface, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Two hours later after the quake, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the tsunami threat had passed.

Quakes of this size are “pretty rare” in the Caribbean, Don Blakeman, a geophysicist at the USGS, said in a phone interview, adding that aftershocks are likely.

Over the last hundred years, only five other earthquakes of magnitude 6 or higher have occurred within 400 kilometers of today’s epicenter, Blakeman said in a phone interview.

In Miami’s Brickell financial district, thousands of people streamed out of office buildings into the streets below where police directed traffic as buildings were inspected for any signs of damage.

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