Natural disaster in Caribbean prompts tsunami warning; no deaths reported

Jan 11, 2018, 00:27
Natural disaster in Caribbean prompts tsunami warning; no deaths reported

"Amazing trip to #Cancun ended last night with our condo shaking like insane as a result of an quake off the coast of Honduras".

The natural disaster rattled window in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa over 320 miles away and was also felt as far as Mexico.

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.

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

The U.S. Tsunami Center canceled the alert for the two Caribbean islands, as well as Jamaica, Cuba, the Cayman Islands, the coast of Mexico, Honduras, and Belize, saying the tsunami threat of waves up to three feet had passed.

The magnitude 7.6 quake was felt across northern Central America, prompting a tsunami warning for parts of the region.

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

Havana, Jan 10 (Prensa Latina) Authorities of seismic services of Central America and the Caribbean are today on alert in the face of probable replicas of an quake that shook the zone late last night with an intensity of 7.6 degree in the Richter scale. The 2009 natural disaster, which was much closer to land, resulted in seven fatalities, 40 injuries and 130 buildings being damaged or destroyed.

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