Massive 7.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Jamaica and Cuba

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Massive 7.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Jamaica and Cuba

This is the fourth magnitude 7 or higher quake to hit the Caribbean since 2000, according to AccuWeather meteorologist Jesse Ferrell.

A 7.7 magnitude quake struck the Caribbean Sea near Cuba and Jamaica earlier today.

The earthquake, which centered 6 miles deep on a fault boundary between the North American and Caribbean plate, struck about 73 miles northwest of Lucea, Jamaica. While the center didn't strike in the center of the land mass, it was large enough to potentially cause damage. No reports of injuries have come through, but social media has indicated that the quake can be felt as far as Florida, the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico, and the Grand Cayman Island.

Dr. Lucy Jones, a seismologist who studied the quake, said that the tsunami threat is minimal in the area.

No injuries or road closures have been reported in Cuba. Officials said there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The quake could be felt strongly in Santiago, according to Belkis Guerrero.

"We were all sitting and we felt the chairs move. We heard the noise of everything moving around," she said, adding that there was no apparent damage in the heart of the colonial city."It felt very strong but it doesn't look like anything happened,'' she told The Associated Press.

To get a sense of how the 7.7 Richter scale measures quakes, check out the infograph below.

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