7.6-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off The Coast Of Honduras

11 January, 2018, 09:29 | Author: Bert Pena
  • Earthquake in Caribbean prompts tsunami warning; no deaths reported

A major natural disaster, one of the most severe in the past 100 years, struck off the coast of Honduras late Tuesday night.

The magnitude 7.6 natural disaster struck near the coast of Honduras, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, USGS, which registered it at 20:50 local time on Tuesday.

The epicenter of the natural disaster 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. The temblor set of tsunami warnings that were canceled and hour later.

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez urged citizens to "stay calm, report emergencies and follow the instructions of authorities".

Tsunami warnings were issued for the Cayman Islands, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, the Caribbean islands, Central America, and Mexico.

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The quake struck as the Caribbean region continues to rebuild following a powerful hurricane season.

The UK Foreign Office updated its advice for the region following the 7.8 magnitude quake, which happened shortly before 10pm local time, warning that hazardous waves were forecast for some coasts.

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

The tremor occurred about 6 miles below the surface.

The Swan Island quake was one of the strongest to strike the Caribbean since recordkeeping began. It was initially recorded as a 7.8 magnitude, but then downgraded to 7.6 by USGS.

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