Powerful earthquake near Cuba, Jamaica registers in S.C.

Powerful earthquake near Cuba, Jamaica registers in S.C.
Earthquake recorded in Jamaica (Source: WOIO)

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF/AP) – A 7.7 magnitude earthquake that struck south of Cuba and northwest of Jamaica was powerful enough to be detected by seismographs in South Carolina.

Seismographs in Summerville, Kershaw and Charleston all picked up the quake.

The shaking was not enough to be felt, but it was enough to be picked up by the sensitive instruments.

The earthquake near Jamaica this afternoon was so powerful that it registered on seismographs across South Carolina. ...

Posted by WMBF First Alert Weather on Tuesday, January 28, 2020

That quake did shake a vast area from Mexico to Florida and beyond Tuesday, but there have bee no immediate reports of casualties or heavy damage, according to the AP.

It was centered 139 kilometers (86 miles) northwest of Montego Bay, Jamaica, and 140 kilometers (87 miles) west-southwest of Niquero, Cuba.

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