A tsunami warning has been issued for Jamaica, Cuba and the Cayman Islands after a 7.7-magnitude earthquake off the Jamaican coast.
The powerful tremor struck 72 miles (117 km) northwest of the coastal town of Lucea at a depth of around six miles (10 km), the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.
The International Tsunami Information Center warned that “hazardous tsunami waves” could occur “within 186 miles (300 km) of the epicenter along the coasts of Jamaica… Cayman Islands and Cuba.”
Waves of up to three feet (1m) could also land on the coasts of Mexico, Belize and Honduras, the centre added.
The quake, centred in the sea between the three countries, was initially measured at 7.3 magnitude before being upgraded.
In Cuba, officials said there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
The quake could be felt strongly in Santiago, according to Belkis Guerrero, who works in the centre of the city.
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“We were all sitting and we felt the chairs move. We heard the noise of everything moving around,” she said.
She added there was no apparent damage in the heart of the colonial city.
“It felt very strong but it doesn’t look like anything happened,” she told The Associated Press.
Source : Sky News