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‘Hazardous tsunami waves’: Powerful Venezuela earthquake triggers tsunami warning

A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 has struck the northern coast of Venezuela, according to the USGS.

‘Hazardous tsunami waves’: Powerful Venezuela earthquake triggers tsunami warning

A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 has struck the northern coast of Venezuela, according to the USGS. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has issued a warning for coastal areas within a 300 km radius of the epicenter.

The deep jolt, registered by USGS at depth of 123 km, was most strongly felt around the Gulf of Paria area but has also shaken buildings in the capital, Caracas. However, according to the Venezuelan Seismological Research Foundation, the earthquake was somewhat smaller and a lot more shallow, measuring 6.3 in magnitude and less than a kilometer deep.

While the magnitude of the earthquake is still being reviewed, the PTWC warned that “hazardous tsunami waves are possible for coasts located within a 300 km radius of the earthquake epicenter.” Tsunami waves are also possible for neighboring Grenada, as well as Trinidad and Tobago, the PTWC added.

In addition to Caracas, the jolts impacted Margarita, Maracay, Vargas, Lara, Tachira, Zulia, Maturin and Valencia, among other areas. At the moment, no casualties or damages have been reported.

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