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7.7 earthquake rocks Caribbean; tsunami warnings for Cuba, Jamaica and more

A Tsunami evacuation route sign in Seaside, Oregon. (M.O. Stevens, Wikimedia Commons/Released)
January 28, 2020

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates as more information becomes available.

A 7.7 magnitude earthquake hit under the sea between Jamaica and Cuba Tuesday afternoon, setting off a Tsunami warning system.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) detected the undersea earthquake in the Caribbean, south of Cuba and northwest of Jamaica just after 2 p.m. local time.

The International Tsunami Information Center (ITIC) issued a Tsunami warning following the earthquake.

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“Hazardous tsunami waves from this earthquake are possible within 300 km of the epicenter along the coasts of Jamaica… Cayman Islands and Cuba,” the ITIC warning said, according to a report by CNBC.

The earthquake was being felt as far away as Miami, Florida and buildings were reportedly being evacuated in response.