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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