The Ministry of Health and Wellness in Jamaica has confirmed two (2) more cases of COVID-19 in the island, bringing the number of confirmed cases to ten (10). Meanwhile, Venezuela has also confirmed it has ten (10) cases while Guyana has four (4) so far. T&T remains at two (2) as of Sunday 15th March 2020.
In a statement on Sunday, the Ministry in Jamaica said 19 persons were tested in the past 24 hours by the National Influenza Centre, with 17 tests returning as negative.
One of the newly confirmed cases was identified through Contact Tracing of patient one, while the second patient was presented at the Hospital with a travel history to Trinidad and Tobago and displayed symptoms similar to COVID-19.
According to the Ministry, all 19 cases remain in isolation until the healthcare team is reasonably satisfied that their symptoms have subsided.
UPDATE: The Tsunami Warning was updated just before 3:45pm EST to say 'The Tsunami threat has now largely passed.’ There is still a threat of aftershocks after one significant one - 6.5 magnitude - was reported around 5pm EST.
A Tsunami threat message has been issued by the U.S National Weather Service's Pacific Tsunami Warning Center after a magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck near Jamaica on Tuesday 28th January 2020. The quake was felt all the way in Miami, which is 708 Km (440 miles) from the epicenter. According to the Weather Service, there is a threat of Tsunami waves reaching 0.3 meters to 1 meter (about 1 to 3 feet) above tide level for the coasts of Jamaica, Belize, Cuba, Honduras, Mexico and the Cayman Islands.
The earthquake struck at 2:10pm EST in the strait between Jamaica and Cuba. Its epicenter was about 116 Km (72 miles) Northwest of Lucea, Jamaica, and 140 Km (87 miles) Southwest of Niquero, Cuba, at a depth of 10 Km (6.2 miles), according to the U.S Geological Survey.
Schools and buildings in Jamaica and Cuba were evacuated after people reported feeling the ground shake for about a minute. No deaths or injuries have been reported following the earthquake and the extent of the damage is still emerging as new images show massive sinkholes opened up on roads and other areas in the Cayman Islands.
The Cayman Islands Disaster Management Agency warned citizens who are near the shore to 'evacuate vertically' as a precaution.
Tremors felt on the island, which sits about 249 Km (155 miles) from the epicenter, reportedly left cracks in the roads and sewage is said to be spilling out of broken pipes (see photo below).
Several downtown Skyscrapers in Miami were evacuated when the quake was felt there and workers were seen leaving their buildings.
The earthquake appears to have been a "strike-slip earthquake," in which tectonic plates slide against each other. This limits the threat of a devastating Tsunami, which are more associated with "thrust earthquakes," where a portion of the earth is thrust upward and causes the water to push up and outward, creating the Tsunami.
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