Caribbean earthquake of 7.7 triggers evacuations
An earthquake with a major magnitude of 7.7 struck Tuesday in the Carribean between Jamaica and Cuba, sending a brief tsunami alert and forcing people out on the streets in Havana.
The tremors of the earthquake could be felt as far as the US mainland and police in Miami helped evacuate people out of buildings as a precautionary measure.
The US Geological Survey claimed that the earthquake hit as deep as 10 kilometres (six miles), at 1910 GMT, that is, 125 kilometers northwest of Lucea, Jamaica.
No casualties or likelihood of damage was anticipated as well as no immediate reports of it. After hours, a 6.1 magnitude aftershock hit the coast of the Cayman Islands, the USGS said.
The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center warned initially that there was a threat of tsunami waves reaching 0.3 to 1 meters (1 to 3 feet) above the tide level for the coast of Jamaica, Belize, Cuba, Honduras, Mexico and the Cayman Islands.
However, the alert update was lifted after two hours.
The first and the stronger quake struck several tall buildings in the capital of Havana, which was quickly evacuated.
The earthquake could be felt in several provinces that include Guantanomo and Santiago de Cuba, Cienfuegos and Havana, the official website of Cubadebate said.