An earthquake that hit offshore of Jamaica Tuesday has been upgraded to magnitude 7.7, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
The quake hit 77.6 miles north-northwest of Lucea in Jamaica.
A tsunami threat message has been issued by the U.S. National Weather Service’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Center after the earthquake hit.
The weather service said there is a threat of tsunami waves reaching about 1 to 3 feet above tide level for the coasts of Jamaica, Belize, Cuba, Honduras, Mexico and the Cayman Islands.
The United States Geological Survey said the earthquake had a preliminary depth of 6 miles.
There are no initial reports of damage or casualties.
Carol Rosenberg, a New York Times reporter, tweeted that the “earth is literally shaking here” at the press room at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
The USGS initially estimated the earthquake was a 7.3 magnitude, before upgrading it to 7.7.
— NWS San Juan (@NWSSanJuan) January 28, 2020
Now, on a 40-second delay we hear that it rattled the courtroom too.
"Earthquake," someone says out of view.
Judge Cohen rejects an off-camera suggestion that they evacuate the court.
— Carol Rosenberg (@carolrosenberg) January 28, 2020