Magnitude 7.7 earthquake strikes off the coast of Jamaica

Magnitude 7.7 earthquake strikes off the coast of Jamaica


Earthquake, M 7.7 – 125km NNW of Lucea, Jamaica. Image source: USGS

Excerpts;

A magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck Tuesday about 80 miles from Jamaica, striking in the Caribbean Sea between Jamaica and eastern Cuba, shaking a vast area from Mexico to Florida and beyond…

Based on all available data, there is no significant tsunami threat from this earthquake. This appears to have been a “strike-slip earthquake,” in which tectonic plates slide against each other. This limits the threat of a devastating tsunami, which are more associated with “thrust earthquakes,” where a portion of the earth is thrust upward and causes the water to push up and outward, creating the tsunami…

Read Full Article, CNN (01-28-2020)

Mag 7.7 quake hits between Cuba and Jamaica; ABC News (01-28-2020)
A powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck in the Caribbean Sea between Jamaica and eastern Cuba on Tuesday, shaking a vast area from Mexico to Florida and beyond…

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