2020 Caribbean earthquake
Shakemap from USGS
|UTC time||2020-01-28 19:10:25|
|Local date||28 January 2020|
|Depth||10.0 km (6 mi)|
|Fault||Septentrional-Oriente fault zone|
|Max. intensity||VI (Strong)|
|Tsunami||12.2 cm (0.4 ft) at George Town, Cayman Islands|
|Aftershocks||Up to 6.1 Mw|
At 2:10 p.m. local time (UTC-5) on 28 January 2020, an earthquake of 7.7 Mw struck on the north side of the Cayman Trough, north of Jamaica and west of the southern tip of Cuba, with the epicenter being 83 miles north of Montego Bay. Schools in Jamaica and buildings in Miami were evacuated after shaking was observed in parts of the U.S. state of Florida. Light shaking was also reported on the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico. It is the largest earthquake in the Caribbean since 1946. A tsunami warning for the Caribbean Sea was issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center and later withdrawn.
At 2:10 p.m. local time (UTC-5) on 28 January 2020 a strike-slip event occurred 125 kilometers (77.7 miles) NNW of Lucea, Jamaica, on the plate boundary between the North American Plate and the Caribbean Plate at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles). The USGS estimated that there was a very low probability of landslides or liquefaction.
Students and staff of Merl Grove High School evacuated every building and gathered orderly at designated assembly points on the campus.
Tremors were felt throughout southern Florida and several buildings were evacuated, particularly in Miami-Dade County (450 miles away) and the Florida Keys. Several government buildings in Downtown Miami were evacuated, initially on a volunteer basis until a full evacuation was ordered by the local fire department.
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