Magnitude 7.7 natural disaster hits off coast of Jamaica

Magnitude 7.7 natural disaster hits off coast of Jamaica”

An natural disaster with a magnitude of 7.7 struck between Cuba and Jamaica Tuesday afternoon and triggered warnings of a tsunami that ultimately fizzled, according to The U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake struck at 2.10pm EST, its epicenter about 72 miles northwest of Lucea, Jamaica, and at a depth of 6.2 miles, according to the US Geological Survey.

Residents of Jamaica's capital, Kingston, on the far side of the island reported on the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) website they felt a strong quake that lasted between 30 and 40 seconds.

Tsunami waves reaching 0.3 metres to 1 metre above the tide level were possible for coastal parts of Belize, Cuba, Honduras, Mexico, the Cayman Islands and Jamaica, it said.

And earlier this month, a significant quake hit Puerto Rico, causing injuries and serious property damage.

Videos on social media, apparently from Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, showed water sloshing out of pools during the quake.

A recent bulletin from the Tsunami Warning Center explained the dangers posed by tsunamis after earthquakes such as this.

The National Tsunami Warning Center issued a statement at the time, noting that earthquakes of this size are "known to generate tsunamis unsafe to shorelines near the source", but that there was no danger for the United States east coast or the Gulf of Mexico.

Watler said there were no reports so far of injuries but that authorities were still making checks on the area.

"We felt slight movement of the building, then we got told to evacuate the building", he said. "We heard the noise of everything moving around", she told the Associated Press. "It felt very strong but it doesn't look like anything happened".

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