Around 14 people were injured and a few buildings damaged when an earthquake hit Venezuela’s capital Caracas and nearby states.
The preliminary magnitude of the quake was reported as 6.4 by the US Geological Survey, which said the epicentre was 65 miles west of Caracas, off the country’s Caribbean coast.
The chief of Venezuela’s seismological agency, Francisco Garces, said the quake was at magnitude 6.2, with an aftershock of 4.0.
Seven houses and two other buildings were damaged in western Falcon state, justice minister Tareck El Aissami revealed.
Neighbouring Lara state reported two damaged houses and a collapsed wall of a medical clinic, state civil protection director Hector Vargas told the state-run Bolivarian News Agency.
Two Caracas malls, one where glass had broken, would be checked to ensure their safety, chief of Venezuela’s national civil protection agency Luis Diaz said.
There were reports of damage to some houses in Aragua and some people were hurt on a mall escalator during a panicky evacuation, a state security official, Colonel Cesar Oliveros, told Venezuela’s official news agency.
Meanwhile, infrastructure minister Diosdado Cabello said there were no reports of major infrastructure damage or problems at oil refineries and other installations in the country’s key oil industry.