The earthquake caused very strong to severe shaking in far western Jamaica, capable of moderate to heavy damage, the USGS said. It also said moderate shaking was felt on Grand Cayman Island.
The quake struck at 2:10 p.m. EST about 75 miles off the northwest tip of Jamaica and 50 miles off of southeastern Cuba. It was about 6 miles deep, USGS said.
The USGS received reports from people in Miami saying they felt the quake. Miami-Dade Police reported receiving phone calls of buildings shaking, and multiple buildings were being evacuated, NBC 6 reported.
People took to social media to share videos and reports of buildings being evacuated, including Miami Tower, a 47-story skyscraper in downtown, and Two Datran Center, a 20-story building in Kendall. There were also reports that Miami International Airport had been evacuated amid the shaking.
Miami-Dade’s Stephen P. Clark Government Center was also evacuated, according to a reporter for the Miami Herald.
The U.S. Geological Survey says a powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck south of Cuba and northwest of Jamaica on Tuesday.
It was centered 139 kilometers (86 miles) northwest of Montego Bay, Jamaica, and 140 kilometers (87 miles) west-southwest of Niquero, Cuba. It hit at 2:10 p.m. (1910 GMT) and the epicenter was a relatively shallow 10 kilometers (6 miles) beneath the surface.
There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
The quake could be felt strongly in Santiago, the largest far-eastern Cuban city, said Belkis Guerrero, who works in a Catholic cultural center in the center of Santiago
“We were all sitting and we felt the chairs move,” she said. “We heard the noise of everything moving around.”
She said there was no apparent damage in the heart of the colonial city.
“It felt very strong but it doesn’t look like anything happened,″ she told The Associated Press.
The USGS initially reported the magnitude at 7.3.
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