Honduras: 7.6 Earthquake Triggers Tsunami alert


The temblor set of tsunami warnings that were canceled and hour later.

A 7.6 magnitude natural disaster struck the Caribbean Sea Tuesday night, and the U.S. Tsunami Warning Center said a tsunami was possible for nearby islands, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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

The tremor occurred at a depth of 10 kilometers (six miles) in the sea between the island of Cuba and the coasts of Honduras and Belize, 44 kilometers east of Great Swan Island, Honduras, according to maps published by the USGS.

The temblor was only 6.2 miles deep.

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At 11:22 p.m., Puerto Ricans were urged to move out of the waters and away from the harbor.

The northern coast of Honduras closest to the quake's epicenter is sparsely populated. A few people in Tegucigalpa did not reportedly feel the temblor.

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". Hector Pesquera, the public safety secretary reported that the coastlines were being monitored by authorities in 46 municipalities in Puerto Rico.

According to the news report, tremors were felt in a number of places around the country after the quake hit at 8.51 pm (0251 GMT Wednesday), but there were no initial reports of damage or casualties.