According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake occurred west of Jamaica at a depth of 10 km at about 7 on Tuesday evening.
A tsumani advisory was in effect for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, according to a statement released by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.
The USGS also warned that hazardous tsunami waves were ‘possible’ for coasts located within 1,000 km of the earthquake epicentre.
This includes the Caribbean islands and Central America and parts of Mexico and the United States.
No loss of life or property has been reported so far.