Magnitude 7.6 quake strikes off Caribbean coast of Honduras

Frederick Owens
January 11, 2018

A 7.6-magnitude natural disaster rocked an island archipelago 150 kilometres off the coast of Honduras late Tuesday, setting off regional tsunami advisories which were later cancelled.

The natural disaster on Wednesday was felt across northern Central America, briefly prompting a tsunami warning in Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean Islands.

Earlier alerts warned tsunami waves could hit the coasts of Belize, Cuba, Honduras, Mexico, Cayman Islands, and Jamaica, but these have been revised.

A tsunami advisory by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center was in effect for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands after the quake struck.

Hazardous waves, between 0.3 meters and 1 meter above tide level, are forecast to hit Honduras and Belize.

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However, two hours after the quake, the threat passed, and all tsunami advisories connected with the quake were withdrawn.

The US Geological Survey said the quake was was centered 125 miles (202 km) northeast of Barra Patuca in Honduras and 191 miles (307 km) southwest of George Town in the Cayman Islands.

A tsunami warning has been issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

Nine other earthquakes of magnitude 6 or larger have occurred within 400 km of the January 9, 2018 event over the preceding century.

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