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Magnitude 7.6 natural disaster strikes off Caribbean coast of Honduras

11 January 2018, 03:19 | Terri Saunders

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An quake of magnitude 7.6 struck near remote Caribbean Islands belonging to Honduras on Tuesday, sparking a tsunami warning for the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

A tsunami warning has been issued for Honduras and Belize.

A tsunami advisory is in effect for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and there is a potential threat to the Cayman Islands, Cuba, Nicaragua, Panama, Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras, Belize, Jamaica and Costa Rica, according to the National Tsunami Warning Center. Waves were expected to be up to 3 feet above tide level.

President Juan Orlando Hernandez tweeted that the emergency system had been activated and people should remain calm.

According to the news report, tremors were felt in a number of places around the country after the quake hit at 8.51 pm (0251 GMT Wednesday), but there were no initial reports of damage or casualties.

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

The reports that the 7.6 magnitude makes this one of the most powerful earthquakes to hit the Caribbean in modern day history.

The USGS measured the quake at a preliminary magnitude of 7.8.

The tremor occurred about 6 miles (10 kilometers) below the surface. The natural disaster that devastated Haiti was magnitude 7.0.



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