Mag 7.7 quake hits between Cuba and Jamaica, but no injuries

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Graphic courtesy: MGN Online

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.

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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.