Buildings in the capital Caracas have been evacuated and shaking has been felt across the Caribbean

Venezuela’s northern coast has been rocked by a powerful earthquake that was felt across the Caribbean and sent people rushing out into the streets hundreds of kilometres away in the capital, Caracas.

The United States Geological Survey said a 7.3-magnitude earthquake had struck off the South American country’s northern coast at 5.31pm local time on Tuesday, 38km east of the city of Carúpano. The Colombian Geological Service said it was a 7.0-magnitude quake.

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