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Earthquake off Jamaica felt in Florida

Posted at 11:24 PM, Jan 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-28 23:24:57-05

HUNDREDS OF OFFICE WORKERS HUSTLED OUT OF BRICKELL AVENUE HIGH RISE OFFICE TOWERS JUST SOUTH OF DOWNTOWN MIAMI TUESDAY.  — Hundreds of office workers hustled out of Brickell Avenue high rise office towers just south of downtown Miami Tuesday.

One man felt the shakes from that Caribbean earthquake on the 25th floor of the Bank of America building. He told me, “The side of the building started to rumble very slightly, very slightly. Actually, I didn’t know what it was, but then we got a call from the building (to) evacuate.”

On lower floors of the same building, workers felt nothing but heard a commotion.

Moses Garcia said, “It was something totally unexpected. It’s the last thing you expect, or reason to have to evacuate a building.”

Elsewhere, the high rise county government center in the heart of Miami emptied as a precaution. First responders fanned out but there are no reports of problems.

Jose Borrego told me as we stood on the Brickell street, “We heard people talking about it outside and we started looking up and we actually did see the windows moving a little bit.”

Social media feeds—-no surprise —-lit up with first takes of the commotion. Hurricane preps —we do in South Florida. Earthquakes not so much.