Tsunami warnings were issued after a strong earthquake hit north of the Jamaican coast.
The 7.7 magnitude quake struck miles northwest off the coast of Lucea in Jamaica and roughly the same distance south-west of Cuba.
Only 50 earthquakes of greater than 7 magnitude are experienced across the world every year.
The National Weather Service had warned that tsunamis could strike the coasts of some of the caribbean islands.
However, the International Tsunami Information Center announced that the threat had passed shortly before 9pm.
Belize, Cuba, Honduras, Mexico, Cayman Islands and Jamaica are all at risk of waves of up to a meter.
A statement for the International Tsunami Information Center said: “Hazardous tsunami waves are forecast for some coasts.
“Tsunami waves reaching 0.3 (1 foot) to 1 meter (3 feet) above the tide level are possible for some coasts of Belize …
Cuba … Honduras … Mexico … Cayman Islands … and Jamaica. ”
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In the Cayman Islands people have been told to head upwards in a bid to escape to incoming tsunami.
People have been seen evacuating from a tower in Miami on the US east coast after it was felt swaying from side-to-side.
In Grand Cayman sink holes have formed in the street due to the power of the tremors.
If the magnitude of 7.7 is confirmed, it would be the largest since an 8.0 quake in Peru that killed two people and injured (last May)
Water in a swimming pool in Jamaica was spotted swaying backwards and forwards.
Flights to Jamaica airports Kingston and Montego Bay have been temporarily postponed, with planes forced to circle above the runways until the all-clear is given.
The quake was not strongly felt in the Cuban capital of Havana or in Kingston, Jamaica, according to Reuters witnesses.
Iana Garcia, Miss Universe Jamaica , told (The Independent : “This is the most serious earthquake I’ve ever felt, and that goes for many people here.
“We’ve been put on tsunami watch … I’m not sure how to prepare. We’ve never had something like this. ”
Mark Child is on holiday in the Riu Palace in Jamaica’s Montego Bay.
“The tremor lasted a full two minutes all appears to be fine,” he told MirrorOnline.
“The all inclusive bar remained open throughout.”
Meanwhile, Mikhail Campbell, a police media relations officer in the Cayman Islands, said he was not immediately aware of any reports of serious damage.
Earlier today a 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit at a depth of km about 90 miles to the east of Crete and miles south of Rhodes.
The earthquake appears to be one of several which struck the region this afternoon.
A 5.6 magnitude tremor was felt in Akhisar in the west of Turkey.
This morning a slightly weaker earthquake hit in the same place.