A strong earthquake preliminarily measured at magnitude 7.3 rocked Venezuela early Tuesday evening, rocking much of northern South America and sending people fleeing from their homes.
There were no immediate reports of casualties or significant damage.
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Telesur, the Caracas-based national TV channel, reported that shaking was felt across the country. Buildings rocked and items fell off shelves across the Caribbean island of Trinidad, The Trinidad Express newspaper reported, adding: "The country has been stunned."
Video posted by Trinidad & Tobago state media CTV showed the interior of an evacuated restaurant with a large crack running the length of the floor in Chaguaramas, west of the capital, Port of Spain.
Chaguaramas restaurant damaged by this afternoon's earthquake. UWI Seismic Research Centre puts the event at Magnitude 6.8 pic.twitter.com/AJQOO66dr5
The Associated Press reported that shaking was felt as far away as Bogota, Colombia.
The U.S. Geological Survey, or USGS, said the quake was registered at 5:31 p.m. ET about 12½ miles north-northwest of Yaguaraparo on the northeast tip of Venezuela. The agency said it was the largest earthquake recorded within 150 miles of Tuesday's quake in the 20th and 21st centuries.