Sunday, 21 January, 2018

Caribbean hit by massive natural disaster

Magnitude 7.6 quake strikes off Central America Earthquake in Caribbean prompts tsunami warning; no deaths reported
Jay Anderson | 11 January, 2018, 09:32

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

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.

An earlier tsunami warning for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands has been canceled. The tremor struck in the sea about 125 miles north-northeast of Barra Patuca, Honduras, and 188 miles southwest of George Town, Cayman Islands.

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

Report says the region near Honduras is regularly hit by powerful earthquakes.

The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake at a preliminary magnitude of 7.6.




President Juan Orlando Hernandez via Twitter said that Honduras had activated its emergency system and asked people to remain calm.

In 2010, Haiti was hit by a devastating 7.0-magnitude quake, leading to over 200,000 deaths.

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

It was very shallow, only 6.2 miles (10 km), which would have amplified its effect.

The quake was one of the strongest in recent history in the region, the Associated Press reported.

The Caribbean is an active seismic zone, and the natural disaster that ravaged Haiti in 2010 registered at a 7.0 on the Richter scale.

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