Earthquake Hits Venezuela



A car totaled by fallen debris from the earthquake.

Natali Barias, Reporter

On Tuesday, August 21, 2018, at 5:31 pm disaster struck when an earthquake hit the Northeastern coast of Venezuela. Despite it being a 7.3 magnitude earthquake, there have been no reported fatalities.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, it is the largest earthquake to hit Venezuela since 1900. Grenada, Trinidad, and Tobago were also affected by the earthquake. ┬áThe international airport in Bogota, Colombia was also temporarily closed to check any runway damage due to the strength of the quake. Earthquakes of this strength often cause tsunami’s, but no tsunami warning was issued.

Most of the damage that occurred ranged from structural damage to buildings like grocery stores and power outages throughout the country. A few cars were also totaled by fallen debris and there was severe damage to infrastructure.