Strong Quake Strikes in Northeastern Venezuela


Strong Quake Strikes in Northeastern VenezuelaCARACAS, Venezuela — A powerful earthquake hit northeastern Venezuela on Tuesday in a jolt that shook Caracas and Caribbean islands near the Venezuelan coast.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage in Venezuela, but workers in Caracas, the capital, quickly evacuated office buildings after the shaking, which lasted about 30 seconds.

There were reports of damage across Trinidad on social media soon after the quake struck, showing debris on cars in Port of Spain.

Amateur video posted on social media from Caracas showed office employees emptying into the streets. There were unconfirmed reports of intermittent telephone and internet disruptions.

The shaking also hit Ciudad Bolívar, hundreds of miles south in Venezuela’s interior, according to amateur video posted on Twitter.

The United States Geological Survey put the magnitude of the quake at 7.3 and said it had a depth of 76 miles. Its epicenter was 12 miles northwest of Yaguaraparo, Venezuela, near the Caribbean coast, about 100 miles west of Trinidad and Tobago.

The quake was also felt in Colombia’s capital, Bogotá, about 900 miles away, The Associated Press reported.

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