Powerful 7.7 magnitude earthquake reported between Cuba, Jamaica

Powerful 7.7 magnitude earthquake reported between Cuba, Jamaica
The U.S. Geological Survey released this map on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, showing how far out people reported feeling a preliminary 7.7 magnitude earthquake reported around 2:10 p.m. EST. (U.S. Geological Survey)

A strong earthquake was reported Tuesday afternoon in the Caribbean Sea between Cuba and Jamaica, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquake was reported around 2:10 p.m. EST, according to officials. It was centered about 78 miles north-northwest of Lucea, Jamaica and 87 miles west-southwest of Niquero, Cuba.

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There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage caused by the temblor.

“It felt strong but it doesn’t look like anything happened,” Belkis Guerrero, who lives in Santiago, Cuba, told The Associated Press. “We were all city and we felt the chairs move. We heard the noise of everything moving around.”

Reports to USGS showed the earthquake was felt as far away as South Florida. In Miami, fire officials ordered a precautionary evacuation of the Stephen P. Clark Government Center, where some reported feeling the quake, according to the Miami Herald.

Officials with the National Weather Service’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the earthquake posed no tsunami threat.

Tuesday’s temblor is the fourth magnitude 7 or above quake felt in the Caribbean since 2000, USA Today reported.

Officials with the USGS initially said the earthquake had a magnitude of 7.3.