Autonom-inc.com – Earthquake hit Jamaica and southern Cuba at Tuesday local time (28/1/2020). The tremor triggered tsunami early warning system in Cayman Island, Jamaica and Cuba.
USGS and Center of International Tsunami report that first hit 7,3 SR then increase to 7,7 SR beyond Cayman Island, Jamaica and Cuba at 6,2 miles (10Km).
The earthquake was not felt strongly in the Cuban capital, Havana or in Kingston, Jamaica, according to eyewitnesses as reported by Antara quoted on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Mikhail Campbell, a police media relations officer in the Cayman Islands, said he was not immediately aware of any reports of serious damage from the earthquake, but a tsunami warning was immediately issued.
“The dangerous tsunami waves from this earthquake were made possible up to 300 km (186 miles) from the epicenter along the coast of Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Cuba,” the International Tsunami Information Center said.
The disaster management agency for the Cayman Islands government on Twitter urged residents to move from the coast and said that those in the low-lying areas had to “evacuate vertically” in strong high-rise buildings.
The earthquake also was felt as far away as Havana. Some people in the Cuban capital were evacuating taller buildings. Cuba’s state media reported the earthquake was felt across the island in Guantanamo, Santiago de Cuba, Holguín, Las Tunas, Cienfuegos, Pinar del Río, Havana and the Isle of Youth.
There are no initial reports of damage or casualties.