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7.3 Earthquake Hits Venezuela; Caracas Being Evacuated

CARACAS, Venezuela — A powerful earthquake shook Venezuela’s northeastern coast on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 5:32 pm local time (21:32 UTC), frightening residents in the capital city of Caracas, who evacuated buildings and briefly interrupting a pro-government rally.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) put the magnitude of the quake at 7.3 and said the epicenter was 20 kilometers 12 miles) northwest of Yaguaraparo, Venezuela, at a depth of 123 kilometers (76 miles).

A witness in Cumana, one of the biggest cities near the epicenter, said there were initial reports of several injuries at a shopping center where an escalator fell, but that there were no other immediate signs of damage in the vicinity.

John Boquett, a firefighter captain in Caracas, said there were no initial reports

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