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Geologist puts earthquake in perspective

Posted at 6:29 AM, Jan 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-29 06:37:34-05

A geologist at Florida International University is putting the earthquake that struck between Cuba and Jamaica in perspective.

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Dr. Grenville Draper with the FIU Department of Earth and Environment described the magnitude 7.7 quake this way: "7.7 is pretty high, you want to compare it to the classic 1906 earthquake in San Francisco that was an 8.0 maybe a little more so this is a pretty significant earthquake."

He added: "You do get large earthquakes very occasionally and by that I mean like decades apart. This is one of the biggest that's occurred in that region in my 41 years in South Florida."