Earthquake hits Venezuela

venezuela-earthquakeA medium strength earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 5.6 caused panic in eastern Venezuela on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The quake hit the country at 1:30 p.m. local time (1800 GMT).

The earthquake’s epicenter was around 25 miles from Venezuelan coastal town of Carupano and shook nearby city of Puerto La Cruz. Also, local radio reported that the quake was felt in the Caribbean island of Margarita, a favorite tourist destination.

The earlier estimates of the quake’s magnitude was revised by the U.S. Geological Survey to magnitude 5.7 and was centered about 235 miles of Venezuela’s capital, Caracas.

According to reports, physical damage was minimal and there were no immediate reports of injuries.