7.0 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Venezuela, Capital Buildings Evacuated

A man crosses a street blocked with garbage bags during a protest against Maduro in Caracas, on May 2, 2017. Armed "collectives" pressure low income urban dwellers from joining the protest movement, forcing them to share the view of the ruling Socialists United Party that the political opposition is orchestrating …
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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A powerful earthquake has shaken eastern Venezuela, causing buildings to be evacuated in the capital of Caracas.

The U.S. Geological Survey put the magnitude of Tuesday’s quake at 7.0 and said it had a depth of 53 miles (87 kilometers). Its epicenter was 13 miles (22 kilometers southwest of Irapa, Venezuela.

The quake was felt as far away as Colombia’s capital and in the Venezuelan capital office workers evacuated buildings and people fled homes.

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