Magnitude 7.6 quake hits north of Honduras, triggers tsunami warning

11 Enero, 2018, 01:00 | Author: Kelly Blake
  • Earthquake in Caribbean prompts tsunami warning; no deaths reported

On Jan. 9, 2018, at 10 p.m. ET, one of the strongest earthquakes to hit the Caribbean off the coast of Honduras.

A magnitude 7.6 natural disaster struck in the Caribbean Sea, aprox.

The powerful quake was initially measured at 7.8, but later revised.

Tsunami warnings were issued for the Cayman Islands, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, the Caribbean islands, Central America, and Mexico. The tremor struck in the sea about 202 kilometres north-northeast of Barra Patuca, Honduras, and 303 kilometres southwest of George Town, Cayman Islands.

A tsunami advisory signals a threat to those in or near water, as strong currents and waves could be unsafe.

President Juan Orlando Hernandez said authorities had activated the country's emergency system but urged people to remain calm.

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The tremor occurred in the sea between the island of Cuba and the coasts of Honduras and Belize, according to maps published by USGS.

The epicenter of the quake was 125.4 miles north/northeast off the coast of Barra Patucca, Honduras and 25 miles from the Swan Islands, which only houses a small naval post.

No tsunami warning was immediately issued.

The northern coast of Honduras closest to the quake's epicentre is sparsely populated, with much of it covered by nature reserves.

Brad was at his vacation rental in Cancun when the tremor, which is reportedly one of the largest to hit the Caribbean in modern times, shook the building. The quake that devastated Haiti was magnitude 7.0.

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