Jamaica Grand Cayman escape major damage from earthquake

No significant structural damage or confirmed injuries have
been reported in Jamaica or the Cayman Islands from the 7.7-magnitude earthquake
that struck off the northwest coast of Jamaica on Jan. 28.

In the immediate aftermath of the quake, a tsunami warning
for the region was issued but was rescinded an hour later. 

The quake caused a brief halt in air traffic to and from
Jamaica;  led to evacuations in some
schools and buildings throughout the region and as far north as Miami; created
several sinkholes in some areas of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman;
and caused some minor structural damage to some homes and roads in Jamaica.

Businesses, hotels, cruise ports and airports are operating
normally in the Cayman Islands, according to Tara Rivers, minister for
financial services and home affairs.

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