M 7.7 quake northwest of Jamaica
A M 7.7 earthquake occurred in the Caribbean Sea, south of Cuba and northwest of Jamaica. The earthquake was felt as far away as Havana and Miami.
The USGS noted the following commentary on today’s event:
The January 28, 2020, M 7.7 earthquake in the Caribbean Sea to the south of Cuba and northwest of Jamaica occurred as the result of strike-slip faulting on the plate boundary between the North America and Caribbean tectonic plates. Preliminary focal mechanism solutions for the earthquake indicate slip occurred as the result of left-lateral motion on a steep fault striking towards the east-northeast, or as the result of right-lateral motion on a steep fault striking towards the south-southeast.
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