The powerful earthquake that struck the Caribbean on Tuesday shook buildings in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach, according to reports received by the U.S. Geological Survey.
A magnitude 7.7 earthquake occurred Tuesday in the Caribbean Sea, just northwest of Jamaica and south of Cuba, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
It was centered about 77 miles north-northwest of Lucea, Jamaica, and hit at 2:10 p.m. local time Tuesday. The epicenter was a relatively shallow 6 miles beneath the surface.
People as far north as South Florida reported feeling shaking and the Miami-Dade Police Department confirms that the Stephen P. Clark Center in downtown Miami was evacuated as a precaution.
The National Weather Service and Tsunami Warning Center said waves reaching 1-3 feet above the tide level are possible for some coasts of Belize, Cuba, Honduras, Mexico, Cayman Islands, and Jamaica following a powerful 7.7-magnitude earthquake in the Caribbean Sea.
A powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake has struck south of Cuba and northwest of Jamaica, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was centered 125 kilometers north-northwest of Lucea, Jamaica. … The quake was so powerful that some people in Miami say they felt their building shake.
The quake was so powerful that some people in Miami say they felt their building shake.
There are buildings in downtown Miami being evacuated as well, reportedly due to the buildings shaking from the earthquake.
Miami-Dade police have confirmed officers responded to the Datran Center in Downtown Dadeland just after 2:30 p.m. to investigate reports of the building shaking. The building was evacuated as a precaution.
The Stephen P. Clark building in downtown Miami has also been closed as a precaution, according to Miami-Dade Police.
Miami Police tweeted that some buildings in the Brickell area were evacuated but there were no reported injuries and there are no road closures.
“I think everyone felt it in Downtown Miami, and CBS4, NBC6, WSVN, WPLG journalists are now reporting.”, said Mr. Kenley, a tourist from Haiti visiting Florida.
According to scientists, they discover this tragedy might cause a Tsunami in Florida. Several South Florida buildings were evacuated as a precaution, according to the city of Miami and Miami-Dade County officials.
From reports, the powerful earthquake destroyed a couple of buildings in Jamaica, Cuba, but only shakes buildings in the Downtown Miami area, days later after the Grammy Awards and days after the Super Bowl takes place in Miami. That earthquake hit the Caribbean days later after South Florida journalists from WSVN, NBC6, WPLG’s Calvin Hughes, and CBS4 visited Haiti to report about the 2010 Haiti earthquake, but Haiti didn’t get hit.
“The good news is, no one died from this tragedy but the bad news is Tsunami might occur soon.”, said The National Weather Service and Tsunami Warning Center.