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Powerful earthquake hits between Cuba and Jamaica

Cuba Earthquake

HAVANA (AP) -- A powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake has struck in the Caribbean Sea between Jamaica and eastern Cuba.

It shook a vast area from Mexico to Florida and beyond Tuesday, but there have been no reports of casualties or heavy damage.

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

It hit at 2:10 p.m. (1910 GMT) and the epicenter was a relatively shallow 10 kilometers (6 miles) beneath the surface.

The quake was felt strongly in Santiago, the largest far-eastern Cuban city.

It also prompted some evacuations in South Florida.

Associated Press

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