7.7 Magnitude Carribean Earthquake Hits Miami

A major earthquake struck south of Cuba on Tuesday, sending shockwaves as far as Miami and sparking panic in the Cayman Islands where it ripped open sinkholes, but did not do serious damage to people or property, initial reports said.


The magnitude 7.7 quake hit the sea between Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Cuba, at a depth of 6.2 miles (10 km). Several aftershocks, including one of 6.1 magnitude much nearer to the Cayman Islands, followed the principal quake.


Residents reported drains blowing open and sinkholes appearing, one of which swallowed half a car.


In Miami, Florida, several downtown buildings were evacuated as office workers streamed outdoors to safety.


The Miami-Dade Fire-Rescue department responded to multiple calls about high-rise buildings swaying. The department said it had no reports of injuries or structural damage.

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