Magnitude 7.7 earthquake hits between Jamaica and Cuba

Posted at 3:14 PM, Jan 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-28 21:52:22-05

It was centered 139 kilometers (86 miles) northwest of Montego Bay, Jamaica, and 140 kilometers (87 miles) west-southwest of Niquero, Cuba.

The quake hit at 2:10 p.m.

The weather service said there is a threat of tsunami waves reaching 0.3 to 1 meter (about 1 to 3 feet) above tide level for the coasts of Jamaica, Belize, Cuba, Honduras, Mexico and the Cayman Islands.

An earthquake of this scale is categorized as a major quake and can cause serious damage.

As of 2:36 p.m. ET, 157 people have reported that they felt the earthquake, according to the United States Geological Survey.

The quake could be felt strongly in Santiago, the largest far-eastern Cuban city.

The seismic activity had a depth of about 6.2 miles.

There were also several smaller quakes reported in and near Puerto Rico on Tuesday.

This developing story was originally published by Aliza Chasan at WPIX.

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