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Magnitude 7.7 earthquake hits off coast of Jamaica

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Posted at 1:10 PM, Jan 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-28 15:10:06-05

LUCEA, Jamaica — A 7.7 magnitude earthquake hit off the island of Jamaica on Tuesday.

The quake was recorded 117 kilometers northwest of Lucea, Jamaica. An earthquake of this scale is categorized as a major quake and can cause serious damage.

As of 2:36 p.m. ET, 157 people have reported that they felt the earthquake, according to the United States Geological Survey.

The seismic activity had a depth of about 6.2 miles.

There were also several smaller quakes reported in and near Puerto Rico on Tuesday.

This developing story was originally published by Aliza Chasan at WPIX.

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