A massive 7.7 magnitude earthquake hit Northwest of the coast of Jamaica, prompting US authorities to issue a tsunami warning to parts of the Caribbean. Amongst the at-risk areas are holiday hotspots including Jamaica, Cuba and the Cayman Islands.
The earthquake was so big that reports state buildings in Miami were evacuated as a result.
Severe tremors were felt in far western Jamaica.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre says waves as high as a metre could hit Belize, Cuba, Honduras, Mexico, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre’s latest report states “tsunami waves have been observed” and “hazardous tsunami waves are forecast for some coasts”.
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The centre of the quake was six miles below the ocean’s surface, 73 miles from Lucea.
At the time of writing, no damage or injuries have been reported.
Only 20 earthquakes of greater than 7 magnitude are experienced across the world every year.
Flights to Jamaica airports Kingston and Montego Bay have been temporarily postponed.
The FCO has yet to issue a travel warning for British tourists in the area.
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However, the FCO do offer general advice for those who find themselves in a tsunami risk zone.
According to the website: “If a major earthquake or landslide occurs close to shore, you should follow the instructions of local authorities, bearing in mind that a tsunami could arrive within minutes.”
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre is continuing to monitor the situation and provide updates.
The warning adds: “There is a signal on the gauge in the Cayman Islands but it is small and possibly not a tsunami but only background noise.
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The International Tsunami Centre also said: “Hazardous tsunami waves from this earthquake are possible within 300 km (186 miles) of the epicentre along the coasts of Jamaica… Cayman Islands and Cuba.”
Tourists in the local area should pay attention to news reports and follow the advice of local authorities.
The FCO also adds: “If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.”
Witnesses report feeling the quake as far as Santiago, on the east coast of Cuba.
Belkis Guerrero who works in a Catholic cultural centre in Santiago said: “We were all sitting and we felt the chairs move.
“We heard the noise of everything moving around.”
Ms Guerrero said there was no apparent damage.
She added: “It felt very strong but it doesn’t look like anything happened.”
The quake was not strongly felt in the Cuban capital of Havana or in Kingston, Jamaica, according to Reuters witnesses.