5.8 quake strikes Cayman Islands

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A 5.8 magnitude earthquake has rattled buildings and homes in the Cayman Islands, but there are no reports of injury or damage.

“It shook my whole apartment for about 10 seconds,” said photographer Alan Markoff in the capital George Town.

Cayman Islands chief meteorologist John Tibbetts says the earthquake hit 50 kilometres south-east of Grand Cayman at 9:23 am local time.

“I have heard no reports of any damage in Grand Cayman. There have been no calls to 911 or Hazard Management. It appears to be just a shaking for us,” he said.

Some mobile phone systems were temporarily out of service but the quake had not caused major disruption, residents said.

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