Cuba, 2015. Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC

Cuba, 2015. Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC

In a letter sent to Caribbean churches, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit expressed gratitude that the disaster did not cause severe damage or fatalities.

A powerful 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Jamaica, Cuba and the Cayman Islands on 28 January, startling people as far away as Miami and prompting official tsunami alerts for a large area of the Caribbean that were later withdrawn.

“We continue to thank God that there have been no reports of deaths,” Tveit wrote.

The WCC continues to pray for the well-being of those in the Caribbean region, Tveit added. “May God’s grace continue to sustain you all and protect you from severe aftershocks or tsunami effects,” he wrote.