Earthquake rattles Jamaica!

An earthquake was felt in much of the island this afternoon, lasting for several seconds. Reports of activity came from Kingston and St Andrew, St Mary, St Catherine, Hanover and other parishes.

The United States Geological Survey reports that the quake was magnitude 7.3 and was centered 125 kilometers north-northwest of Lucea, Jamaica, and hit at 1910 GMT Tuesday. The epicenter was a relatively shallow 10 kilometers (6 miles) beneath the surface.

Staff at several companies reportedly left their buildings and headed for emergency gathering points.

Citizens in Kingston, which is on the far side of the island, reported to the the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) website that they felt a quake that lasted less then a minute.

Testimonials have also come in through the site from people on the Cayman Islands saying they felt the effects of the earthquake.

“Whole house was shaking,” wrote one person who said they lived in the Cayman Islands about 251 km from the epicenter of the quake.

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