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Shallow earthquake hits Caribbean Sea, felt along Quintana Roo

Cancun, Q.R. — An earthquake in the Caribbean Sea Tuesday night was felt along the southern coastline, into Quintana Roo.

The shallow earthquake was recorded at 9:51 p.m. with its epicenter 450 kilometers east of Mahahual, Quintana Roo, at 17.5 n, 83.6 w, at a depth of 33 kilometers and a magnitude of 7.5. Authorities from Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and the Virgin Islands activated tsunami warnings.

Tremors from the late-night quake were clearly felt in Chetumal and other areas around southern Quintana Roo including Bacalar. Reports of a moderate shake were felt in the center and north of the state in Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Tulum, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos and Cancun.

Reports were also received from people who say they felt the tremor inside the Yucatan Peninsula.

The Ministry of the Navy issued a tsunami warning, which was estimated to reach the coast of Quintana Roo at 23:15 hrs. 

There is no reported damage from the earthquake.