Magnitude 7.6 natural disaster strikes off Caribbean coast of Honduras

11 January, 2018, 09:32 | Author: Jason Torres
  • A beach in the Caribbean

A major quake, one of the most severe in the past 100 years, struck off the coast of Honduras late Tuesday night.

Caribbean leaders have announced the activation of emergency systems after an natural disaster that struck near remote islands belonging to 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 struck as the Caribbean region continues to rebuild following a powerful hurricane season.

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

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

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Tsunami sirens were heard going off along the coast of Belize shortly after the magnitude 7.6 quake hit northeast of Honduras.

However, two hours after the quake, the threat passed, and all tsunami advisories connected with the quake were withdrawn.

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 natural disaster, which was initially reported as having a 7.8 magnitude, occurred at a depth of 10 kilometers, or 6 miles, on Tuesday night.

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