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Caribbean earthquake poses no tsunami risk for Mexico

Last updated on September 7, 2020

Cozumel, Q.R. – A tsunami warning for parts of the Caribbean has been lifted for the region surrounding the island of Cozumel.

The warning came earlier in the day when a 7.7 magnitude earthquake occurred between Jamaica and eastern Cuba. The quake was shallow, centered 139 kilometers (86 miles) northwest of Montego Bay, Jamaica and 140 kilometers (87 miles) west-southwest of Niquero, Cuba.

It was registered at 2:10 p.m. (1910 GMT) 10 kilometers (6 miles) beneath the surface.

In a statement, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center confirmed the 7.7 quake after the USGS initially reported the magnitude at 7.3. A coastal tsunami alert was issued for areas off the coasts of Belize, Cuba, Honduras, Mexico, Cayman Islands and Jamaica with waves of less than one meter possible for the island Cozumel.

However, the Directorate of Civil Protection of the City of Cozumel reported that waves of approximately 30 cms were expected and would not represent a risk to Cozumel.

The #CAT of @SEMAR_mx reports in a second bulletin that the #Tsunami alert for the Mexican Caribbean coast is completely ruled out by the #Sismo registered 127 km north-northwest of Lucea, Hanover, #Jamaica at 13:10 h.

In the wake of the warning, the Sistema Estatal de Protección Civil coordinator Adrián Martínez said the state implemented its prevention and supervision protocols in coordination with the municipalities of Quintana Roo, noting vibrations were felt in the lower parts and coastal area of the state.

According to the United States Geological Survey service, the epicenter of the 7.7 magnitude earthquake was located in the Caribbean Sea about 83 miles north of Montego Bay and about 87 miles south of Granma, Cuba.

So far, no deaths have been reported.