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SWFL feels 5.0 quake off coast of Cuba

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SWFL feels 5.0 quake off coast of Cuba

By Andrew Murphy. CREATED Jan 9, 2014 - UPDATED: Jan 9, 2014

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A 5.0-magnitude earthquake has struck off Cuba in the Straits of Florida, swaying medium-rise buildings in the Cuban capital. 

Buildings hundreds of miles away in Cape Coral also started to shake from the quake. 

The Cape Coral Fire Department says several people called around the time of the quake, just after 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon. 

The calls came in from areas like Tarpon Point, Cape Harbor and Burnt Store Marina from residents in highrises that reported the building started to sway. 

The fire department says they went to the buildings to check them out and found no damage to report. 

There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries in Cuba either.

The temblor occurred just before 4 p.m. Thursday. It was centered about 112 miles (180 kilometers) east of Havana and 41 miles (66 kilometers) northeast of the tourist resort of Varadero.

In Havana, the quake was felt clearly by workers in two 6-floor buildings that were temporarily evacuated. It appeared to last around 30 seconds.

The U.S. Geological Survey calculated the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 5.0.