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Northern Venezuela was hit by a magnitude 7.3 quake



CARACAS, Venezuela – A strong earthquake struck the northeastern coast of Venezuela, sending shockwaves and frightened residents from the country's capital to Bogotá, Colombia, 900 miles away and near the Caribbean islands.

The US Geological Survey estimated the Temblor at a magnitude of 7.3, at a depth of 76 miles near the city of Yaguaraparo in the north.

Venezuelan Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said there were no reports of major damage or death. Social media posts showed some damage near Trinidad and Tobago, including debris that fell on cars.

In downtown Caracas, residents evacuated homes and offices as buildings shook for about 30 seconds. The earthquake struck a rally in the heart of Caracas just as the supporters of President Nicolás Maduro, who survived an alleged explosives drone assassination earlier this month.

"That was scary," said Fernando Lozano. "I did not know what was going on."

Write to Kejal Vyas at kejal.vyas@wsj.com


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