Very strong M7.3 earthquake hits Venezuela at intermediate depth

Very strong M7.3 earthquake hits Venezuela at intermediate depth

A very strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.3 hit near the coast of Sucre, Venezuela at 21:31 UTC (17:31 local time) on August 21, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 123.2 km (76.5 km). EMSC is reporting M7.3 at a depth of 112 km (69.6 miles).
According to the USGS, the epicenter was located  20.9 km (13.0 miles) NNW of Yaguaraparo, 38.4 km (23.9 miles) ENE of Carúpano (population 112 082), 69.4 km (43.1 miles) WNW of Güiria (population 40 000), 107.6 km (66.9 miles) ESE Porlamar (population 87 120) and 109.1 km (67.8 miles) ESE of La Asunción (population  35 084), Venezuela.
There are 560 000 people living within 100 km (62 miles).
Based on all available data, there is no tsunami threat, PTWC said.
This is one of the largest ever recorded earthquakes along the boundary between the Caribbean & South American plates. There was an M7.7 quake to the west in 1900 but this will have preceded detailed instrumental recordings.
Some 52 000 people are estimated to have felt very strong shaking, 2 089 000 strong, 2 587 000 moderate and 3 928 000 light.
Buildings were evacuated in the capital Caracas and people fled homes. Shaking was felt as far away as Colombia's capital Bogota.
"Unbelievably long and strong quake. Worst I ever felt. Must have lasted about 2 minutes," a Trinidad and Tobago resident, located 156 km (96.9 miles) E of the epicenter, said.
Another resident of Trinidad and Tobago said: "It went on for longer than has typically occurred. Second shake was stronger and more erratic. Cars rocked and shaked in place. Doors were creaking in frames as buildings shook."


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