No Severe Injuries, Fatalities Or Major Damage After 6.8M quake

Venezuela earthquake: 7.3 mag rocks northern coast — USGS confirms | Daily Star

Venezuela earthquake: 7.3 mag rocks northern coast — USGS confirms | Daily Star

A powerful natural disaster shook Venezuela's northeastern coast and parts of the Caribbean but likely caused little damage besides knocking out power in some places and toppling supermarket shelves because of its depth, experts said.

The US Geological Survey said Tuesday's quake had a depth of 76 miles (123 kilometers), while its epicenter was around 12 miles (20 kilometers) northwest of the Venezuelan city of Yaguaraparo.

The quake's center was located near the town of Guiria and tremors were felt as far as the capital of Caracas, about 286 miles away.

Some buildings suffered structural damage, he told state TV. "Going by what we have seen in the past, within three to five hours we would not be surprised-or tomorrow, or sometime this week", she said.

"There is no tsunami threat from this quake", the US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. "The windows started to move, and the tables and chairs", she said.

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Residents of Venezuela, as well as other Caribbean countries including Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, Barbados and St Vincent and the Grenadines, reported seeing buildings and vehicles swaying, telephone polls fall, walls collapse, and floors crack as the shaking continued for well over a minute.

The International Monetary Fund has predicted inflation will hit one million percent this year.

It's all part of a radical new economic plan launched by Maduro that includes a 3 400% increase in the minimum wage, loosened foreign exchange rules and reduced fuel subsidies.

An quake in Venezuela saw a pro-Western opposition leader, invited by the BBC to criticize the country's socialist government over inflation, swapped at the last minute.

Thirty years earlier, 200 people died after a 6.7-magnitude tremor rocked Caracas.

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