7.3 Magnitude Quake Hit Venezuela and Nearby Islands

  • A deadly 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit Venezuela's northeastern coast near Yaguaraparo on Tuesday. According to the reports, the quake lasted for about one minute and three aftershocks were felt. A first of its kind after the 1900s that hit the region, the quake was felt as far as Caracas. It was also felt in nations in proximity such as St Lucia, Tobago, and Trinidad. The epicenter was found to be 23 miles (37 km) off Carupano. Nestor Reverol, the Interior Minister, has stated that "We ask for the greatest patience and tranquillity from the Venezuelan people. These situations require prudence." He also assured of activation of disaster relief teams.