Magnitude 7.7 west Caribbean quake hits, causing evacuations

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On Tuesday, a powerful 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck the western Caribbean, triggering evacuations as buildings shook across the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, and downtown Miami but with no initial reports of significant damage.

The epicenter of the quake was at a shallow depth of 6.2 miles (10 km) in the sea between Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and Cuba.

The International Tsunami Information Center reported that an earlier tsunami wave danger had largely passed. Small variations in sea level as high as 1 foot (30 cm) were still possible, it said.

Several buildings in downtown Miami, Florida had groups of people standing outside who said they were evacuated.

Department of Miami-Dade Fire-Rescue said it responded to multiple calls about the swaying of high-rise buildings.

Officials across the area, despite the size of the quake, have had no initial reports of major damage.

Angie Watler, a police spokeswoman on Cayman Brac, the island nearest to the quake’s epicenter, said members of the public had confirmed some damage to the buildings and a swimming pool at the Carib Sands resort on the south of the island.

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