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Buildings are evacuated as powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake hits off the coast of Venezuela

Tsunami alert is issued in the Caribbean as powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake hits off the coast of Venezuela causing buildings to be evacuated

  • Earthquake has shaken eastern Venezuela, causing buildings to be evacuated
  • Tsunami is ‘possible’ within nearly 200 miles of the earthquake epicentre  
  • Coastal areas including Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago have been put on alert

Jessica Green For Mailonline

A powerful earthquake has shaken eastern Venezuela, causing buildings to be evacuated in the capital of Caracas.

And now the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre says a tsunami is possible within nearly 200 miles of the earthquake epicentre.

The quake has been placed at a 7.3 magnitude with its epicentre being 13 miles southwest of Irapa, the U.S. Geological Survey says. 

A video showing the above damage was posted on a Trinidad weather centre Twitter account with the caption: 'Damage reported across Trinidad, video taken at Digicel IMAX, Port of Spain'

A video showing the above damage was posted on a Trinidad weather centre Twitter account with the caption: 'Damage reported across Trinidad, video taken at Digicel IMAX, Port of Spain'

A video showing the above damage was posted on a Trinidad weather centre Twitter account with the caption: 'Damage reported across Trinidad, video taken at Digicel IMAX, Port of Spain'

A video showing the above damage was posted on a Trinidad weather centre Twitter account with the caption: 'Damage reported across Trinidad, video taken at Digicel IMAX, Port of Spain'

A video showing the above damage was posted on a Trinidad weather centre Twitter account with the caption: ‘Damage reported across Trinidad, video taken at Digicel IMAX, Port of Spain’

A powerful earthquake has shaken eastern Venezuela, causing buildings to be evacuated in the capital of Caracas

A powerful earthquake has shaken eastern Venezuela, causing buildings to be evacuated in the capital of Caracas

A powerful earthquake has shaken eastern Venezuela, causing buildings to be evacuated in the capital of Caracas

In the Venezuelan capital office workers evacuated buildings and people fled homes

In the Venezuelan capital office workers evacuated buildings and people fled homes

In the Venezuelan capital office workers evacuated buildings and people fled homes

As such coastal areas including Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago have been warned that a tsunami could hit.

Shocks from the earthquake were felt as far away as Colombia’s capital Bogotá while videos of Trinidad showed terrified customers leaving stores as products fell from shelves. 

In the Venezuelan capital office workers evacuated buildings and people fled homes in fear of the potential damage the quake could have caused.  

The earthquake struck at 5:31pm local time on Tuesday and was 76 miles deep. 

People gather in the street after an earthquake in Caracas, Venezuela, as they try to ring their family and friends

People gather in the street after an earthquake in Caracas, Venezuela, as they try to ring their family and friends

People gather in the street after an earthquake in Caracas, Venezuela, as they try to ring their family and friends

It was initially reported as a magnitude 6.7 and then 7.0, and was centered near the town of Carupano.

A magnitude 7.3 quake is considered major and is capable of causing widespread, heavy damage. 

A witness in Cumana, one of the biggest cities near the epicentre, said there were initial reports of several injuries at a shopping centre where an escalator fell, but that there were no other immediate signs of damage in the vicinity.

John Boquett, a firefighter captain in Caracas, said there were no initial reports of injuries or major damage in the capital.

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