7.6M Earthquake Shakes Country of Honduras

7.6M Earthquake Shakes Country of Honduras

7.6M Earthquake Shakes Country of Honduras

"Amazing trip to #Cancun ended last night with our condo shaking like insane as a result of an quake off the coast of Honduras".

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.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the United States issued the warning for Jamaica, also placing Cuba, Mexico, Honduras and Belize on alert.

The USGS said, "The Great Swan Island, Honduras quake occurred as the result of strike slip faulting in the shallow crust near the boundary between the North America and Caribbean plates".

The powerful quake was initially measured at 7.8, but later revised.

The U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center also issued an advisory for a number of countries in the Caribbean but they later recalled all warnings, saying that the threat had passed. Waves were expected to be up to 3 feet above tide level.

Earlier alerts warned tsunami waves could hit the coasts of Belize, Cuba, Honduras, Mexico, Cayman Islands, and Jamaica, but these have been revised.

Nine other earthquakes of magnitude 6 or larger have occurred within 400 km of the January 9, 2018 event over the preceding century.

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