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A 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck between Jamaica and Cuba on 28 January 2020. But will it affect your travel plans to the Caribbean?


Outer reef off the coast of George Town in the Cayman Islands Photo © Getty Images/Westend61

7.7 magnitude earthquake in the Caribbean Islands – January 28, 2020

On Tuesday, 28 January 2020, a 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck southwest of Niquero in Cuba and northwest of Montego Bay in Jamaica at around 2.10pm (local time).

The quake had a shallow depth of 6mi (10km). Tremors were felt in Cuba's eastern city of Santiago, in the Cayman Islands, far western Jamaica, and as far away as Miami in Florida. However, there are no initial reports of major damage or injuries.

Shortly after the earthquake struck the Caribbean, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center warned of the potential for hazardous tsunami waves as high as 3ft (1m) along the coasts of Belize, Cuba, Honduras, Mexico, Jamaica, and the Cayman Islands.

A tsunami wave of 0.4 of a foot (0.11 of a meter) was officially observed at George Town in the Cayman Islands. Tsunami waves were not observed in Jamaica or the Dominican Republic, and the tsunami danger passed by 4pm local time on Tuesday.

If you are currently traveling around the Caribbean, here are a few tips on what to do if a tsunami warning is issued and how to stay safe in the event of an earthquake.

Contact your airline or travel provider if you are concerned about delays or changes to transport and your itinerary.

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