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21 Aug 2018 | 05:17 PM UTC

Venezuela: Tsunami possible following 7.3-magnitude earthquake Aug. 21 /update 1

Tsunami possible in Caribbean Sea following 7.3-magnitude earthquake in Sucre state August 21; seek high ground

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Event

A 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck approximately 20 km (12 mi) north-northwest of Yaguaraparo (Sucre state) at 17:31 (local time) on Tuesday, August 21. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has declared that consequent tsunami waves may notably affect Saint George's (Grenada) by 18:07, Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago) by 18:39, and Cumana (Venezuela) by 23:06. Buildings were reportedly evacuated in Caracas due to the shaking. Further details, including regarding potential casualties and material damages, are still emerging. Aftershocks are possible in the area in the coming hours and days.

Advice

Individuals present in the impacted region are advised to monitor the situation, seek high ground, be prepared for further aftershocks, and heed all instructions issued by local authorities.

During an earthquake, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), to move away from windows and exterior walls, and do not attempt to leave the building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from any tall structures, such as buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.

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