Cayman Islands Rocked by 5.8 Magnitude Earthquake

The U.S. Geological Survey reported that a 6.2-mile deep quake hit at 9:23am on January 19, 2010, about 40 miles from George Town, Cayman Islands, a territory of the United Kingdom. According to the Jamaica Gleaner, sections of the Corporate Area and Montego Bay in Jamaica were rocked by aftershocks from the earthquake in Cayman and aftershocks were also felt in Cuba and Florida. This is the third major earthquake in the Caribbean region in the last two weeks, following the magnitude 6.0 quake which hit Guatemala and El Salvador on Monday.

Simon Boxall, public education awareness officer at the Hazard Management Cayman Islands, said that the initial impact was quite a strong jolt for a few seconds and was followed by a couple of aftershocks, adding that there were no reports of any damage or injuries for any of their residents.

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