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Earthquake triggers tsunami warning for Cuba, Jamaica and Caymans

Workers leave the building of the Lonja del Comercio (Commerce Market) building after a quake in Havana on January 28, 2020. A major 7.7 magnitude quake struck Tuesday in the Caribbean northwest of Jamaica, the US Geological Survey reported, raising the risk of tsunami waves in the region. Adalberto Roque––AFP/Getty Images

PortandTerminal.com, January 28, 2020

KINGSTON, JAMAICA – A major 7.7 magnitude quake struck in the sea south of Cuba triggering triggers tsunami warning for Cuba, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The epicentre of the quake on Tuesday was 86 miles north-west of Montego Bay, Jamaica, and 87 miles west-south-west of Niquero, Cuba. It was a relatively shallow 6 miles beneath the surface.

“Hazardous tsunami waves from this earthquake are possible within 300 km (186 miles) of the epicenter along the coasts of Jamaica . Cayman Islands and Cuba,” the International Tsunami Information Center said.

The disaster management agency for the Cayman Islands government on Twitter urged people to move away from coastal areas and said that those in low-lying areas should “evacuate vertically” in strong multi-story buildings.

The quake was not strongly felt in the Cuban capital of Havana or in Kingston, Jamaica, according to Reuters witnesses.

The quake could be felt strongly in Santiago, the largest far-eastern Cuban city, said Belkis Guerrero, who works in a Catholic cultural center in the central Santiago.

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