Tsunami warning issued for Jamaica and Cuba after huge 7.7 magnitude earthquake

A tsunami warning is in effect in Jamaica, Cuba and the Cayman Islands following a massive 7.7-magnitude earthquake in the Caribbean.  

The quake struck at 2.10pm EST in the strait between Jamaica and Cuba. 

Its epicenter was about 72 miles northwest of Lucea, Jamaica, at a depth of 6.2 miles, according to the US Geological Survey. 

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said waves up to 3.5-feet high are possible along the coasts of Belize, Cuba, Honduras, Mexico, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.

Citizens in Kingston, which is on the far side of the island from the epicenter, reported that they felt tremors for less than a minute.  

People on the Cayman Islands also said they felt the quake about 155 miles from the epicenter.  

The Cayman Islands Disaster Management Agency warned citizens who are near the shore to ‘evacuate vertically’ as a precaution.

USGS initially reported that the earthquake was a 7.3, but it was upgraded after people as far as Miami, Florida, said they felt tremors. 

The epicenter was directly on the Cayman Trough, which is part of the Gonave plate. 

If the magnitude of 7.7 is confirmed, it would be the largest since an 8.0 quake in Peru last May.

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