Late in the evening on January 28, at 19:10:25 UTC, an earthquake in the Caribbean strked with a 7.7 magnitude. The epicenter was located in a triangle between Cuba, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands at a depth of 10 km.
Tremors were felt on all adjacent islands.
– Hünkâr Efendi (@hunkarefendi) January 28, 2020
People from high-rise buildings were evacuated:
Some buildings located in downtown Miami, USA, have been evacuated by reports of tremors, after the 7.7 earthquake that affected southern Cuba and northeastern Jamaica #Jamaica #Cuba #Earthquake #Küba #Deprem #Jamaika #GrandCaymanIsland #usa #Miami pic.twitter.com/a5RrhVkiIL
— FenerOnline 🌀 (@Feneronline_9) January 28, 2020
There is destruction:
Very strange dips in the earth:
Aftermath of earthquake in Grand Cayman … pic.twitter.com/5cywNuDYlw
– The Honey Badger ™ ️ (@The_Badger_jm) January 28, 2020
Earthquake happenings in the Cayman Islands 1/2 pic.twitter.com/wUGxuE9y9T
– Pedro (@p_dippy) January 28, 2020
Road collapsed at many points on the Cayman islands in the 7.7 #earthquake 1 meter high #tsunami warning was #miami #cayman #Jamaica #cuba 🌊🚨 #TemblorPR #Terremoto #Temblor #Sismo pic.twitter.com/d5SElSn3rB
— 😇 𝓐𝓷𝓰𝓮𝓵 𝓔𝓵𝓮𝓶𝓲𝓪𝓱 *️⃣ (@MaximoSPQR) January 28, 2020
As you can see from these tweets, there are at least three reports of ground failures. If there are many such messages and everything is confirmed, this will be a very bad sign for the islands.
Since the epicenter is at the sea, a tsunami is expected. So far, waves of not more than 50 cm are reported:
INTERNACIONAL ⚠️ | Se detecta tsunami menor (~ 50 cm) en la estación de George Town (Islas Caimán) producto del terremoto de 7.7 Mw. pic.twitter.com/P9jr448lEo
– Red Geocientífica de Chile (@RedGeoChile) January 28, 2020
Lost communication with one of the buoys in the epicenter area. Perhaps a technical malfunction, perhaps a very large wave.
The trigger for the earthquake most likely was yesterday’s gamma-ray burst:
We follow the development of events.