7.7-magnitude off-coast earthquake rocks Jamaica, Cuba

EYEAFRICA TV: Havana, Cuba: A powerful 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of the Caribbean islands of Jamaica and Cuba on Tuesday, with no causalities reported.

Hitting off the coast at 14:00 local time (1910 GMT), 125 km northwest of Lucea, Jamaica, the seismic waves sparked tsunami warnings for certain coastal areas, though Cuba was not among them.

Enrique Arango Arias, head of the National Seismological Service, told the state-run local news website Cubadebate, that there is no danger of a tsunami in Cuba.

Arango said there had been no reports of injuries or property damage.

The quake was felt in Cuba’s eastern provinces of Guantanamo, Santiago de Cuba, Holguin and Las Tunas; in central Cienfuegos; and in western Havana, Pinar del Rio and Isla de la Juventud.

“I felt some tremors and saw people running down to streets from buildings,” said Carlos, a Havana resident.

“I felt dizzy when the quake took place and a boy who was leaning to a door said the door was shaking. After we ran out to the street, we found that most people from office buildings were already there, as they said the walls was shaking quite obviously,” said another citizen Francesca living nearby.

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