Published: Thu, January 11, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Honduras: 7.6 natural disaster triggers Tsunami alert

Honduras: 7.6 natural disaster triggers Tsunami alert

The magnitude 7.6 quake occurred west of Jamaica.

A 7.6-magnitude natural disaster rocked an island archipelago 150 kilometres off the coast of Honduras late Tuesday, setting off regional tsunami advisories which were later cancelled.

Meanwhile in Honduras, there were no early reports of damage on land following the quake. The quake struck in the sea Tuesday night about 125 miles north-northeast of Barra Patuca, Honduras, and 188 miles southwest of George Town, Cayman Islands.

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

Reuters reports that a tsunami advisory is in effect for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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

A tsunami advisory signals a threat to those in or near water, as strong currents and waves could be unsafe. The tremor was about 44 kilometres east of Honduras's Swan Islands, which are unpopulated except for a small navy post. The temblor set of tsunami warnings that were canceled and hour later.

The northern coast that was closest to the epicenter is sparsely populated.

Tuesday's quake was one of the largest to hit the Caribbean in recorded history.

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.

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