Powerful earthquake with 7.3 magnitude hit in northeastern Venezuela

 Wednesday, August 22, 2018 


7.3 magnitude hit in northeastern VenezuelaStrong earthquake in northern Venezuela has been hit and damaged some parts of the city. It is a powerful earthquake with magnitude-7.3 more knocking out power and toppling supermarket shelves.




It shook the nation’s northeastern coast and parts of the Caribbean, was limited by the depth of tremors beneath the Earth’s surface. The US Geological Survey measured the earthquake at a depth of 76 miles (123 kilometres), with an epicentre a few miles off the Cariaco peninsula.


The seismologist Lucy Jones, a research associate with the California Institute of Technology, said that shaking does die off at a distance.



In Cumana, the biggest city near the earthquake’s centre, supermarket shelves came crashing down while in downtown Caracas, concrete from the top floors of the unfinished Tower of David skyscraper fell onto the pavement. Children at a nearby foundation for cancer sufferers were forced to flee while wearing surgical masks, as debris rained down.



The earthquake was felt as far away as Colombia’s capital of Bogota, where authorities briefly closed the international airport to inspect for runway damage. Power outages were reported across nearby Trinidad, where people ran into the street and gasped as large glass panes at one supermarket shattered and falling concrete smashed several cars. No injuries or deaths have been immediately reported.



The earthquake also was felt in Guyana, Barbados and Grenada. The experts have long warned that Venezuela’s cash-strapped government is ill-prepared to deal with a major natural disaster.  The hospitals have scant supplies, many ambulances are grounded and food and water are among goods that have disappeared in a country suffering from inflation estimated by the International Monetary Fund to reach one million percent this year.



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