Venezuela and Trinidad struck by massive, 7.3-magnitude earthquake

A massive earthquake rocked Venezuela and the southern Caribbean Tuesday evening, sending people rushing out of buildings and knocking out power throughout the region.

Preliminary reports from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) indicate a 7.3 magnitude quake struck just 12 miles off Venezuela’s Cariaco peninsula, its northeasternmost tip. The epicenter is also not far from Trinidad’s northwestern coast. The two countries are separated by just seven nautical miles.

There are no reports of fatalities in either country so far. But in Venezuela, the Associated Press indicates there may be injuries associated with an escalator collapse in Cumana, the closest city to the epicenter. In a public address, Nestor Reverol, the country’s Interior Minister, asked…

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