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Sinkholes Appear in Cayman Islands, Buildings Damaged in Jamaica During 7.7 Magnitude Earthquake

Tsunami warning issued after massive 7.7-magnitude earthquake hits Caribbean with waves up to THREE FEET above tide level expected along coasts of Cuba, Jamaica and Mexico

There were no injuries but plenty of panic in Jamaica and Cayman Islands and some damage to buildings and roads as a 7.7 magnitude quake struck the northern Caribbean yesterday afternoon, triggering tsunami fears.

The quake occurred around 2:10 a.m., in the strait between Jamaica and Cuba. The location of the epicentre was 72 miles northwest of Lucea, Hanover in Jamaica and 80 miles east southeast of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.

The tremor was also felt in The Bahamas, Haiti, Honduras, and Cuba. It was followed by more than a dozen aftershocks, the strongest of which registered at 6.1 magnitude.

In Jamaica, panic ensued when residents felt the first quake which many said lasted for well over a minute. People evacuated buildings as the shaking occurred and some government offices closed early. There were also reports of some students having panic attacks.

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (OPDEM) said one school in western Jamaica, at which structural weaknesses were detected in previous inspections, was closed early as a precautionary measure.

“At least two parishes in western Jamaica have reported structural damage to buildings,” OPDEM also reported.

Over in the Cayman Islands, several sinkholes opened up in Grand Cayman and in Cayman Brac and residents were warned to keep away from them as further opening up was possible. There were also a few reports of structural damage to buildings. Two shelters were opened.

A compilation of vidoes showing the sinkholes and other damage in the Cayman Islands.

The Water Authority also shut down its distribution system to check for leaks, but late into the night was restoring service.

About two and half hours after the quake, Premier Alden McLaughlin confirmed in a televised broadcast that no one had been injured, although buildings and roads had been damaged.

“I know people are very concerned and alarmed and there has been some structural damage, including at my own house. It is with a deep sense of gratitude that I say it doesn’t appear as if anyone has been hurt and we have been spared the worst of what could have been a truly devastating ordeal,” he said.

Schools had been closed in the immediate aftermath of the quake, and a statement issued later in the day advised that all government schools will remain closed today while structural assessments of school buildings are carried out.

In both Jamaica and the Cayman Islands there were tsunami warnings issued, but by late yesterday disaster officials in both countries said the threat had passed.

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Tsunami warning issued after massive 7.7-magnitude earthquake hits Caribbean with waves up to THREE FEET above tide level expected along coasts of Cuba, Jamaica and MexicoA gaping hole is seen in a golf course in Georgetown after the earthquake struck roughly 155 miles away

  • The 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck at 2.10pm EST Tuesday in the strait between Jamaica and Cuba 
  • The quake's epicenter was about 72 miles northwest of Lucea, Jamaica, at a depth of 6.2 miles
  • The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued an alert cautioning that waves up to 3.5-feet could hit the coasts of Belize, Cuba, Honduras, Mexico, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands
  • The alert was updated just before 3.45pm EST to say 'the tsunami threat has now largely passed'
  • The extent of the damage from the quake is unclear but no deaths or injuries have been reported
  • Buildings in Jamaica and Cuba were evacuated after people reported feeling tremors for about a minute
  • The quake was felt as far away as Miami, where several downtown skyscrapers were evacuated
  • There is still a threat of aftershocks after one significant one - 6.5 magnitude - was reported around 5pm

A massive 7.7-magnitude earthquake in the Caribbean triggered a tsunami warning in several countries including Jamaica, Cuba and the Cayman Islands on Tuesday. 

The quake struck at 2.10pm EST in the strait between Jamaica and Cuba. Its epicenter was about 72 miles northwest of Lucea, Jamaica, and 87 miles southwest of Niquero, Cuba, at a depth of 6.2 miles, according to the US Geological Survey. 

Schools and buildings in Jamaica and Cuba were evacuated after people reported feeling the ground shake for about a minute. The quake was felt as far away as Miami, where several downtown skyscrapers were evacuated. 

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued an alert cautioning that waves up to 3.5-feet above the normal tide level were possible along the coasts of Belize, Cuba, Honduras, Mexico, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. 

The alert was updated just before 3.45pm EST to say 'the tsunami threat has now largely passed', and the National Weather Service confirmed soon after that no warnings, watches or advisories were in effect.  

No deaths or injuries have been reported and the extent of the damage is still emerging as new images show massive sinkholes opened up on roads in the Cayman Islands and residents say what appears to be sewage is spilling out of broken pipes. 

There is still a threat of aftershocks after one significant one - rated 6.5 magnitude - was reported around 5pm.  

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Tsunami warning issued for Jamaica and Cuba after 7.3-magnitude earthquake strikes

  • The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued an alert for Jamaica, Cuba and the Cayman Islands on Tuesday 
  • It came after a 7.7-magnitude earthquake was reported in the strait between Jamaica and Cuba at 2.10pm EST
  • The epicenter was roughly 72 miles northwest of Lucea, Jamaica, at a depth of 6.2 miles
  • Waves up to 3.5-feet high are possible along the coasts of Belize, Cuba, Honduras, Mexico, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands
  • The extent of the quake damage is unclear but no injuries or deaths have been reported
  • There are widespread reports of people feeling the tremor throughout Jamaica and Cuba, where building evacuations are underway, and as far away as Miami 

A tsunami warning is in effect in Jamaica, Cuba and the Cayman Islands following a massive 7.7-magnitude earthquake in the Caribbean.  

The quake struck at 2.10pm EST in the strait between Jamaica and Cuba. 

Its epicenter was about 72 miles northwest of Lucea, Jamaica, and 87 miles southwest of Niquero, Cuba, at a depth of 6.2 miles, according to the US Geological Survey. 

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said waves up to 3.5-feet high are possible along the coasts of Belize, Cuba, Honduras, Mexico, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.  

The extent of the damage from the quake is unclear but no deaths or injuries have been reported. 

There are widespread reports of people feeling the tremor throughout Jamaica and Cuba, where schools and buildings were evacuated, and as far away as Miami. 

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