The earthquake that hit the northern coast of Venezuela was earlier reported as a strong magnitude 6.7 quake by the United States Geological Survey, but the magnitude was later updated to 7.3.
Prelim M7.3 Earthquake near the coast of Venezuela Aug-21 21:31 UTC, updates https://t.co/6FJZ5r6CDW— USGSted (@USGSted) August 21, 2018
En ciudad Bolívar el edificio del frente de mi casa sismo fuerte pic.twitter.com/wmDUL0RhiT— Brahim Nakoul (@Dohko1987) August 21, 2018
URGENTE: Salen a la luz las primeras IMÁGENES de los daños tras el horrible TEMBLOR que sacudió a gran parte de Venezuela. pic.twitter.com/nPLc4WUFQo— Yusnaby Pérez (@Yusnaby) August 21, 2018
TERREMOTO EN VENEZUELA | Así se sintió el fuerte temblor en Maturin, Edo. Monagas, Venezuela. Muchos salieron corriendo aterrorizados para la calle. pic.twitter.com/4PpgPMIh3J— Yusnaby Pérez (@Yusnaby) August 21, 2018
According to Richter magnitude scale, the earthquakes with magnitude stronger than 7 are considered to be major earthquakes. Major earthquakes cause severe damage to buildings, some of them might completely collapse. The damage usually limited to approximately 155 miles (250 km) from epicentre. Major earthquakes can be felt at great distances.
Venezuelan interior minister said that there were no immediate reports of victims or the amount of damage caused by the earthquake, according to Reuters.