What to Know About the 7.6-magnitude quake in the Caribbean

11 January, 2018, 09:32 | Author: Marjorie Miles
  • Earthquake 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 singer felt the effects of the 7.6 magnitude natural disaster that struck off the coast of Honduras on Tuesday night (Jan. 9), which shook parts of the Cayman and Caribbean Islands and Cancun.

The epicenter was located 202 kilometres from the Honduran town of Barra Patuca, and 245 kilometres from the municipality of Puerto Lempira (Honduras).

There are no early reports of damage on land, but the U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center warns of tsunami dangers in Puerto Rico, Jamaica, other islands and the coast of Central America.

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

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President Juan Orlando Hernandez via Twitter said that Honduras had activated its emergency system and asked people to remain calm.

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.

The tsunami warning were in effect for two hours and then the advisories were withdrawn.

It was very shallow, only 6.2 miles (10 km), which would have amplified its effect.

In May 2009, a magnitude 7.3 quake occurred along the Swan Island transform fault approximately 300 km west of the January 9, 2018 event.

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