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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A powerful but very deep earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 struck near the Caribbean island of Martinique on Thursday, the United States Geological Survey said.
The quake hit at 1900 GMT (3 p.m. local) 13 miles (21 km) northwest of the island, at a depth of 90 miles (145.4 km), it said. Earthquakes with a deep epicenter are less likely to cause damage.
Another U.S. agency, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, issued a separate statement for Caribbean countries except for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. It said that a tsunami was not expected in the Caribbean because of the depth of the quake.