Magnitude 7.6 quake strikes off Honduras coast

  • Magnitude 7.6 quake strikes off Honduras coast

Magnitude 7.6 quake strikes off Honduras coast

A 7.6-magnitude quake struck the Caribbean Sea just off the coast of Honduras Tuesday night, triggering tsunami warnings for Puerto Rico and the British and U.S. Virgin Islands.

Tsunami advisories have been issued for some Caribbean nations, but not the Bahamas, after an quake in the region on Tuesday night.

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. People near the coast of those nations should seek higher ground immediately. The tremor struck in the sea about 125 miles north-northeast of Barra Patuca, Honduras, and 188 miles southwest of George Town, Cayman Islands.

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.

Norman Grindley     Sergeant Henry Parkins of the Old Harbour Bay Police Station explaining the tsunami preparation that the station made
Norman Grindley Sergeant Henry Parkins of the Old Harbour Bay Police Station explaining the tsunami preparation that the station made

The quake was recorded at 9:52 p.m. EST and had a depth of about 6.2 miles. The temblor set of tsunami warnings that were canceled and hour later.

The epicenter is located off the northern coast of Honduras.

Honduran President Juan Orlando tweeted, "In face of the natural disaster registered in our country, we have activated the emergency system, please remain calm, report any emergency to @ 911Honduras".

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