An active vibration has stroked the foundations of Venezuela’s north coast on Wednesday, as what could be seen to be the most massive earthquake in Venezuela.
Massive Earthquake Hit Venezuela:
The magnitude 7.3 quake Tuesday was the largest to strike Venezuela since 1900, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. However, at a depth of some 76 miles (123 kilometres) beneath the Earth’s surface, it appeared to have caused only limited damage even near its epicentre a few miles off the Cariaco peninsula that stretches into the eastern Caribbean.
The magnitude 5.8 aftershock at 9:27 a.m. (1327 GMT) on Wednesday also was centred relatively deep, 61 miles (98 kilometres) below the surface. It was felt lightly in the capital.
“Shaking does die off at a distance,” said seismologist Lucy Jones, a research associate with the California Institute of Technology, adding that the earthquake’s considerable depth most likely prevented a tragedy.
In downtown Caracas, Venezuela’s capital, concrete from the top floors of the unfinished Tower of David skyscraper fell to the sidewalk, forcing firefighters to close off traffic. A block away, children wearing surgical masks stretched their necks to peer at the 620-foot (190 meters) building after fleeing a building housing a foundation for children with cancer.
The earthquake was also felt in Colombia’s capital of Bogota, where authorities briefly closed the international airport to inspect for runway damage.
The awkward moments after the quake, however, left many running for their lives in Venezuela.
However, professionals have warned that Venezuela was ill-prepared to deal with a significant natural disaster. The earthquake was also felt in Guyana, Barbados and Grenada.