Honduras: 7.6 Earthquake Triggers Tsunami alert

Casey Dawson
January 11, 2018

A huge 7.6 magnitude natural disaster originated in the Carribean Sea just before 10 pm Eastern time (just before 6pm-Alaska Time) prompting tsunami warnings being issued for the lowland areas in Puerto Rico, the Cayman Islands, Cuba, Jamaica, as well as other Caribbean Islands and Mexico and Central America.

The quake was felt across northern Central America, prompting a tsunami warning in Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean Islands, but little damage and no casualties have been reported.

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez urged citizens to "stay calm, report emergencies and follow the instructions of authorities".

After the quake, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued an advisory, warning areas like Jamaica, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands of a potential tsunami.

The danger escalates from a threat, to a watch, to an advisory, and to a warning.

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Regarding Cuba, the National Center of Seismological Research offered details of the event, located 44 kilometers east of Swan Islands in Honduras and some 450 kilometers south-southwest of the Isle of Youth.

There is no reported damage from the natural disaster.

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

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

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