Magnitude 7.6 quake hits north of Honduras, triggers tsunami warning

Pauline Gross
January 11, 2018

A magnitude 7.6 quake has struck in the Caribbean Sea north of Honduras.

No tsunami warning was immediately issued.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center initially warned that tsunami waves of up to 1 meter (3 feet) above tide level could hit parts of Honduras, Belize, Puerto Rico, the Cayman Islands, San Andres and Providencia (Colombia), Jamaica, Cuba, among others.

The northern coast that was closest to the epicenter is sparsely populated.

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.

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

A massive 7.6 magnitude quake has occurred in the Caribbean Sea, north of Honduras.

The National Coordinator of Civil Protection in Mexico Luis Felipe Puente wrote, "Based on information from the Tsunami Alert Center @SEMAR_mx, we ruled out the possibility of the generation of a #Tsunami". There were no early reports of fatalities or serious damage.

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

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

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