December 27, 2018 / 10:13 AM / 25 days ago

Earthquake of magnitude 5.6 felt across northern Venezuela

People stand on the street after an earthquake was felt across northern Venezuela, in Caracas, Venezuela December 27, 2018. REUTERS/Manaure Quitero

LONDON (Reuters) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 hit northern Venezuela early on Thursday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said, with witnesses reporting tremors more than 100 km (60 miles) from the epicenter. The quake was recorded 4 km northeast of San Diego at 0859 GMT at a depth of about 10 km, according to the USGS website.

“The whole house shook,” said a witness in Club de Campo, 102 km from the epicenter, in a posting on the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) website.

Another witness said the quake lasted five or six seconds.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or significant damage.

writing by John Stonestreet

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