Published on Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Tsunami threat 'now largely passed' following Caribbean earthquake

A tsunami warning for Jamaica, Cuba and the Cayman Islands, which followed a huge 7.7-magnitude earthquake in the Caribbean yesterday, has now 'largely passed' according to authorities.  

The earthquake struck at 2.10pm EST. The US Geological Survey said its epicentre was 72 miles northwest of the Jamaican town of Lucea, and at a depth of 6.2 miles.

The Jamaica Observer newspaper reported the earthquake was felt across much of the island.

Some reports say buildings shook as far away as Florida.

The International Tsunami Information Center warned waves of up to 3.5 feet high were possible along the coasts of Cuba, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, while the US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said waves reaching 0.3 to 1 metre above the tide level are possible for areas of Belize, Honduras and Mexico.

The ITIC has now lifted the warning, saying: "The tsunami threat has now largely passed."

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