A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.7 struck beneath the Caribbean Sea between Cuba, the Cayman Islands, and Jamaica at 19:10 UTC on Jan 28. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). At M7.7, this marks the largest quake since Peru’s M8.0 on May 26, 2019.
Buildings shook and tremors were felt as far away as Miami, but there were no immediate reports of any casualties.
The PTWC initially said “hazardous tsunami waves” were possible for coasts located within 300km (186 miles) of the earthquake’s epicenter. However, the warnings were later withdrawn.
“The M7.7 Jamaican quake produced sideways motion on the fault,” said seismologist Dr Lucy Jones tweeted, “so the tsunami risk is low.”
The epicenter was located approximately 125 km (78 miles) NNW of Lucea (population 6,300), Jamaica, and 140 km (87 miles) WSW of Niquero (population 18,800), Cuba.
Although there is nobody living within 100 km (62 miles) of the epicenter, some 10 million people are still estimated to have felt moderate to light shaking.
Aftershocks are still being registered in the region, the strongest of which thus far has been the M6.1 that popped off at 21:55 UTC.
Stay tuned for updates.
Seismic and Volcanic activity has been correlated to changes in our sun.
The recent global uptick in earthquakes and volcanic eruptions is likely attributed to the drop-off in solar activity, coronal holes, a waning magnetosphere, and the influx of Cosmic Rays penetrating silica-rich magma.
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