Magnitude 7.6 quake strikes off Central America

Magnitude 7.6 quake strikes off Central America

Magnitude 7.6 quake strikes off Central America

"Amazing trip to #Cancun ended last night with our condo shaking like insane as a result of an natural disaster off the coast of Honduras", Rempel shares on Instagram next to a stunning beach shot showing white sand and crystal blue water from the window of the condo they were staying in.

A 7.6-magnitude natural disaster 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.

The epicenter was located 202 kilometres from the Honduran town of Barra Patuca, and 245 kilometres from the municipality of Puerto Lempira (Honduras). The temblor set of tsunami warnings that were canceled and hour later.

Tsunami warnings were issued for the Cayman Islands, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, the Caribbean islands, Central America, and Mexico.

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

President Juan Orlando Hernandez tweeted that the emergency system had been activated and people should remain calm.

For instance, the 2010 quake that caused major damage in Haiti was a lesser magnitude of 7.0.

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

In the Cayman Islands, Sgt. Dave McKay with Royal Cayman Islands Police, said hazard management officials had not issued a tsunami alert but authorities were monitoring the situation.

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. The quake that devastated Haiti was magnitude 7.0.

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