A powerful 7.7-magnitude earthquake has been detected between Jamaica and Cuba on Tuesday afternoon, reported the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
A tsunami warning has been issued for Jamaica, Cayman Islands, and Cuba.
Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says "Hazardous tsunami waves are possible" for some coasts of Jamaica, Cayman Islands & Cuba after 7.3 earthquake off coast pic.twitter.com/fbhS5kkNRB— Steve Lookner (@lookner) January 28, 2020
Beachgoers in Jamaica have tweeted footage of the earthquake, but there are no reports of a tsunami or damage at the moment.
Here is the tsunami threat forecast:
The earthquake was so powerful that buildings in downtown Miami were evacuated after the shaking.
Breaking: Multiple buildings have evacuated in Miami, Florida, after a massive 7.7 earthquake struck the Caribbean Sea. pic.twitter.com/DVO1SWnIjB— PM Breaking News (@PMBreakingNews) January 28, 2020
More footage from Miami:
Buildings in Miami reportedly shook after the powerful earthquake was reported. Miami-Dade Police reported receiving phone calls of buildings shaking, and multiple buildings were being evacuated. pic.twitter.com/eTNEgLJGmr— NBC 6 South Florida (@nbc6) January 28, 2020
A Twitter user in Jamaica records the moment when the earthquake shook the water out of a resort/private pool.
Scenes from Cayman, Jamaica, of a possible roadway that was damaged during the massive quake.
Scenes from Cayman, Jamaica after a 7.7 earthquake stuck off the northwest coast on January 28th, 2020 around 3:00 p.m. pic.twitter.com/UAJxhLKXiu— 🗞️🇻🇮 State of the Territory News (@sottvi) January 28, 2020
Here's one of the first tweets from the Grand Cayman islands showing damage from the 7.7 earthquake.
Bay News 9 Weather tweets that "this earthquake epicenter occurred along a "strike-slip fault" located between the North American Plate and Caribbean Plate. This scenario has minimal tsunami threat as land slides horizontally across rather than vertically."
This earthquake epicenter occurred along a "strike-slip fault" located between the North American Plate and Caribbean Plate. This scenario has minimal tsunami threat as land slides horizontally across rather than vertically. Did you feel it? #Caribbean #Earthquake pic.twitter.com/fJBtWpu2H1— Bay News 9 Weather (@bn9weather) January 28, 2020
Check this out! A sinkhole opens up in the Cayman Islands following the earthquake.
This video is purported to show earthquake damage in the Cayman Islands following 7.7 magnitude quake in the Caribbean sea pic.twitter.com/dhv33Gv5hK— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) January 28, 2020
So far with no tsunami damage reported yet, the common theme developing in impacted areas are sinkholes. Here's one in Jamaica:
7.7 magnitude earthquake in Jamaica.....tsunami warnings. pic.twitter.com/mmKafzRLrU— Island_empresss (@EmpresssIsland) January 28, 2020