7.7 magnitude earthquake rocks Jamaica

by January 28th, 2020

An earthquake rocked the country this afternoon (January 28) sending, people running out of their homes, schools and businesses.

Irie FM News received calls from people across the country reporting anxious moments caused by what seemed like a minute or more of shaking.

Children in some schools went under desks and some cried because of the duration of the shaking.

The United States Geological Survey indicates that the quake which was a magnitude 7.7 struck between Jamaica and Cuba, but was felt in Caribbean countries including Jamaica, Cuba, Cayman Islands and Miami Florida in the US.

The Earthquake Unit says the effects of the major earthquake located north of Jamaica was felt in Jamaica at 2:10 pm. The epicentre was located approximately 110 kilometres NNW of Lucea, Hanover.

It had a focal depth of 17.5 km and was felt islandwide.

A tsunami warning was issued for sections of the Caribbean but is no longer in effect.

Reports are that some offices in the corporate area closed early sending home staff.

Callers to Irie Fm reported a rumbling sound and seeing their homes and other structures shaking.

Some said some items toppled off shelves.

Irie FM spoke with residents in St. Ann, St. Elizabeth and Clarendon shortly after the earthquake.

Meantime other callers from Westmoreland, St. Catherine, Manchester and Hanover expressed that the quake was frightening and that the tremor lasted a long time.

Residents in several parishes speaking about today’s earthquake.

In St. Ann’s Bay shortly after the tremor stopped, fire fighters and emergency personnel were summoned to the St. Ann’s Bay Court House were staff evacuated the building.

On inspection of the building the Fire Department reported the building to be safe as there was no damage.