A tsunami warning has been issued. A building in downtown Miami was evacuated because of the shaking.
A magnitude 7.7 earthquake occurred north of Jamaica on Tuesday afternoon. The epicenter was located in the Caribbean Sea about 83 miles north of Montego Bay, the capital of St. James, according to USGS.
It was a relatively strong but shallow quake with a depth of about 6 miles. A 7.7 magnitude earthquake is at the high end of the Richter Scale.
It was initially reported at 7.3 but was quickly revised up to 7.7.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or damages.
From KAKE ABC:
The quake also hit the Cayman Islands, leaving cracked roads and what appeared to be sewage spilling from cracked mains. There were no immediate reports of deaths, injuries or more severe damage, said Kevin Morales, editor-in-chief of the Cayman Compass newspaper.
The islands see so few earthquakes that newsroom staff were puzzled when it hit, he said.
″‘It was just like a big dump truck was rolling past,”’ Morales said. “Then it continued and got more intense.”