Magnitude 7.7 earthquake hits Caribbean Sea off the coast of Jamaica, tsunami threat message issued

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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.

Magnitude 7.7 earthquake hits Caribbean Sea off the coast of Jamaica, tsunami threat message issued

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