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Haiti earthquake: Caribbean tsunami warning cancelled

A tsunami warning for the Caribbean issued in the wake of last night’s earthquake in Haiti has been cancelled.


The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre has issued the warning “for information only” for the Bahamas, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica. It was cancelled shortly before midnight.


The centre said there was the possibility of a local tsunami that could affect “coasts located usually no more than a 100km [60 miles] from the earthquake epicentre”.


“This message applies to countries within and bordering the Caribbean sea except for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands,” it said.


The quake was felt in the Dominican Republic, which shares a border with Haiti on the island of Hispaniola. Some residents in the capital of Santo Domingo fled their homes.


Measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale, the earthquake struck at 2153 GMT about 15km south west of Port-au-Prince.


 


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