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BREAKING! Strong 7.7 #Earthquake Felt Across Jamaica (2:10pm)

A powerful 7.7 earthquake was felt today across Jamaica at approximately 2:10 pm (January 28, 2020), causing widespread panic and confusion.

The Earthquake App, the epicenter was 72 miles of Lucea, Hanover (near Montego Bay) Jamaica.

The distance was 83.8 miles and had a depth of 6.2 miles.

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Jamaicans who experienced the earthquake first hand share their experiences. Click here to watch the video on YouTube.

2nd Update: 10:00 am, January 29, 2020
An aftershock was felt at 9:53 am today, registering 5.5 on the Richter Scale. It was felt in Western Jamaica.

1st Update: 7:00 pm Update (January 28)
In a media report, Minister of Local Government, Desmond Mckenzie said it (the earthquake) had rippling effect in western Jamaica.

In Westmoreland for example, 20 students were seeking medical attention at the Savanna La Mar Hospital because of the earthquake. The persons, mainly students, were taken mainly for panic attacks and heart conditions.

He indicated that all the parish disaster committees were activated in the island. He asked that the public calls the ODPEM at 876-906-9674 for updates and reports.

A Tsunami warning was initially issued for Kingston, Jamaica.

Some infrastructural damage has been reported, including some government buildings. The Social Development Commission (SDC) office in St. Elizabeth, the Bishop Gibson High School in Manchester, and the IBEC building in Portmore, St. Catherine were reported damaged.

Yours truly was at home (inside) when tremors were felt inside our house. I grabbed the baby and, myself and wife, went outside, only to see neighbors already out in the open, shaken and stricken with anxiety

It lasted for about 2 minutes, it felt.

As I type this, persons are reaching out to family members to ensure all is well.

So far, no major impact, but stay tuned as the reports come in.

The exact location was 19.315 degrees north and 78.8.814 degrees west.

The earthquake was felt in several other Caribbean islands, including Cayman (apparently most impacted), Cuba, Haiti as well as Honduras.

By the way, did you know that more than 5000 persons died in the catastrophic 1692 earthquake and tsunami in Jamaica? Ben Hughes have the full account! You can read more about it in his book.

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Feb 02, 2020
glad that u and family ok.
by: julie

Hi Wellesley,im so relieved that you and your beautiful family are ok im going to send my son this web page hes coming back to Jamaica in october. He loves Royal Decamoran St ammes Bay, I
love it too but i will be there in another year or so.Take care God Bless you all xxx

Feb 02, 2020
by: Cheri Avery Black

Scary to be in a concrete home and feel it move back and forth for a minute or so.... Giving thanks that it was only a mild shake. Sure appreciate the video and updates, Wellesley.

Feb 02, 2020
Great Job on Reporting
by: Microdac Videos

You continue to do a great job reporting on Jamaica. Unfortunately, this time, it was about the earthquake. Your video on Youtube was, as always, very informative, and (if I may say so) upbeat about the outcome of the earthquake as reflected by the many voices on the video. I am so glad that there were no casualties.
I'll be in Jamaica in a few days and nothing would give me greater pleasure than your company. I'll be staying at the Tapioca Village in St Mary.
Thank you so very much for your positive reporting on Jamaica.
Dave Clarke

Feb 02, 2020
by: Wayne Stewart

In the US the government can issue Emergency Alerts to everyone's cell phone. In jamaica everyone has one so that is the fastest and most practical method to alert us.

Jan 28, 2020
by: Anonymous

Hopefully no damage or imnjuries
We felt in Seaford Town Westmoreland

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