Strong earthquake strikes Cuba and the Caribbean

Strong earthquake strikes Cuba and the Caribbean

An earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale struck several Caribbean countries on Tuesday, from Jamaica to Cuba and Honduras.

According to several U.S. and Caribbean meteorological agencies, the epicenter of the quake was about 130 km north of Montego Bay, Jamaica.

The movement was perceived in the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Haiti, Honduras and Cuba.

In Cuba it was felt in the central and eastern provinces of the island, from Cienfuegos to Santiago de Cuba and Guantanamo, according to early reports.

Enrique Arango, head of the National Seismological Service, confirmed that this Tuesday's telluric movement was noticeable throughout Cuba.

In statements to the newspaper Escambray, of the central province of Sancti Spiritus, PhD. Arango noted the phenomenon is related to a preliminary earthquake of 7.1 degrees on the Richter scale with epicenter west of Cabo Cruz.

Aragon set out that this movement occurred at 14:10 local time on Tuesday.

In this territory, the earthquake was noticeable in the provincial capital, in the municipalities of Jatibonico, Sancti Spiritus and other towns of the central and southern zone.