A 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck just northwest of the Jamaican town of Lucea on Tuesday. Data from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) showed that at 2:10 p.m. EST, the powerful quake could be felt as far away as Cuba and southern Florida.
According to the USGS, the earthquake’s epicenter was to the south of Cuba and northwest of Jamaica. Following the earthquake, the U.S. National Weather Service’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami alert for the coasts of Jamaica, Belize, Cuba, Honduras, Mexico, and the Cayman Islands. The tsunami warning has since been lifted.
Multiple buildings in Miami were quickly evacuated, as many structures swayed. As of press time, there are no reports of injuries or fatalities. However authorities suggest those taking flights to and from Jamaica, Cuba, or the surrounding areas to check with your airline for the status of your flight as well as your hotel to ensure they are open and accepting guests.