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Powerful 7.7 magnitude earthquake hits the Caribbean

The powerful 7.7 magnitude earthquake that rocked the Caribbean between Cuba and Jamaica on Tuesday resulted in the evacuation of several buildings in Havana. The Cuban media explained that it was felt in several provinces of the island. "The earthquake was noticeable in many provinces, such as Guantanamo, Santiago de Cuba, Holguin, Las Tunas, Cienfuegos, Havana, Pinar del Rio and the municipality of Isla de la Juventud, according to many witnesses via social networks," said indicated the official Cubadebate information portal, without reporting any immediate damage or injuries.

The epicenter of the earthquake was located at sea, 140 km southwest of the Cuban city of Niquero, at an estimated depth of ten kilometers, said the American Institute of Geophysics (USGS), which revised upwards a first estimate of magnitude 7.3.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, which also monitors other seas, issued a tsunami alert in the process. "Dangerous tsunami waves are possible on the coasts within a radius of 300 kilometers from the epicenter of the earthquake," he said in a bulletin.

But the head of the Cuban Seismology Service then told Cubadebate that there was "no danger of a tsunami" on the island. This is the second earthquake felt in Cuba since the beginning of the year: on January 24, the seismology service network recorded a 4.2 magnitude tremor 37 km southeast of the village of Caimanera, in the province of Guantamano.

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