The magnitude 7.3 quake on Tuesday was the largest to hit Venezuela since 1900, the The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.The USGS recorded the earthquake in the coastal town of Irapa and tremors were felt 286 miles (622 km) away in the capital of Caracas.Its magnitude was recorded at 7.3 and said it had a depth of 76 miles (123 kilometres).
In downtown Caracas, concrete from the top floors of the unfinished Tower of David skyscraper fell onto the pavement, which caused firefighters to close off traffic.The Tower of David began in 1990 as a symbol of the OPEC nation’s ambitions of becoming a regional financial centre. But it was abandoned after the financial crisis and in the past two decades of socialist rule it has become a symbol of urban blight and has been occupied by squatters.
The quake was felt as far away as Colombia’s capital of Bogota and authorities briefly closed the international airport to inspect for runway damage.The earthquake also was felt in Guyana, Barbados and Grenada.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) issued an initial tsunami warning for the Venezuelan coast and neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago and Grenada.It later updated its alert, stating: “There is no tsunami threat from this earthquake.”
A witness in Cumana, which is near the epicentre, said there were initial reports of several injuries at a shopping centre after an escalator collapsed.
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