Offshore Earthquake Shakes Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela, Sept. 13 (UPI) — A strong offshore earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale shook cities near the coast of Venezuela late Saturday afternoon.

An earthquake of that magnitude is powerful enough to cause damage in built-up areas within 50 miles of the epicenter. But there were no immediate reports of major destruction or serious injuries.

The epicenter was 35 miles north-northeast of the city of Valencia, which felt the quake most strongly, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The quake was also felt in Caracas, 65 miles east of the epicenter.

About 120 earthquakes with magnitudes between 6.0 and 6.9 occur every year around the world.

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