A warning of aftershocks has been issued after an earthquake shook Trinidad and Tobago.

The quake with a magnitude of more than 6.7 struck off the north-east coast of Venezuela, sending shock waves as far as the sister Caribbean islands.

The quake was also felt strongly across much of the eastern Caribbean, including Grenada, Guyana, Barbados and as far north as St Lucia, the Miami Herald reported.

The quake was measured at a magnitude of 6.9 in Trinidad and lasted 90 seconds, seismic specialists said. It was one of the strongest earthquakes to hit the country since 1968.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said In updated travel advice for Trinidad and Tobago issued in the early hours of this morning: “Initial reports indicate damage to some buildings and communication networks.

“If you’re in the area you should monitor local media, exercise caution and follow the advice of the local authorities.

“Aftershocks in the same area are possible.”

More than 30,000 British travellers visit Trinidad and Tobago every year.

The FCO also warned that a hurricane watch has been declared for Hawaii due to the approach of Hurricane Lane.