A strong aftershock hit the northeastern coast of Venezuela around 09:27 (local time) on Wednesday, August 22. US Geological Survey (USGS) recorded a 5.8-magnitude at around 97 km (60 mi) deep. No major damage or casualties were reported from the aftershock. Similar large aftershocks are possible in the affected area the coming days.
A 7.3-magnitude earthquake shook northeastern Venezuela and neighboring regions on Tuesday, August 21, the country's strongest quake since 1900.
Individuals present in the impacted region are advised to monitor the situation, be prepared for further aftershocks, and heed all instructions issued by local authorities.
During an earthquake, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), to move away from windows and exterior walls, and do not attempt to leave the building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from any tall structures, such as buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.
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