Natural disaster with magnitude 7.6 hits Caribbean; damage being assessed

Glen Norman
January 11, 2018

The temblor set of tsunami warnings that were canceled and hour later.

A magnitude 7.6 natural disaster struck near the coast of Honduras, briefly prompting a tsunami warning.

Officials in Honduras said shaking was registered across much of the nation and there were some reports of cracks in homes in Colon and Atlantida provinces along the northern coast and Olancho in eastern Honduras.

Hazardous waves, between 0.3 meters and 1 meter above tide level, are forecast to hit Honduras and Belize.

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

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

At 11:22 p.m., Puerto Ricans were urged to move out of the waters and away from the harbor.

The northern coast of Honduras closest to the quake's epicentre is sparsely populated, with much of it covered by nature reserves. A few people in Tegucigalpa did not reportedly feel the temblor.

President Juan Orlando Hernandez via Twitter said that Honduras had activated its emergency system and asked people to remain calm. This shallow depth could have amplified its effect, though no damage in Honduras was immediately reported, according to Reuters.

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