Magnitude 7.6 natural disaster hits in Caribbean north of Honduras

Magnitude 7.6 natural disaster hits in Caribbean north of Honduras

Magnitude 7.6 natural disaster hits in Caribbean north of Honduras

A magnitude 7.6 natural disaster has struck in the Caribbean Sea north of Honduras.

There were no early reports of serious damage or casualties on land after the quake struck shortly before 10pm local time.

Tsunami advisories were canceled overnight for Puerto Rico and other parts of the Caribbean after a powerful quake struck in the Caribbean Sea.

The US Geological Survey measured the natural disaster at a preliminary magnitude of 7.6.

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A tsunami advisory by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center was in effect for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands after the natural disaster struck. People near the coast of those nations should seek higher ground immediately.

The Honduran emergency management agency known as COPECO issued a 10-hour tsunami alert for three coastal departments.

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

The northern coast of Honduras closest to the quake's epicenter is sparsely populated. The tremor was about 25 miles (44 kilometers) from Honduras' Swan Islands, which are unpopulated except for small navy post.

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

It's one of the strongest quakes to hit the Caribbean in recorded history.

The shallow quake was recorded at 9:51 p.m. with its epicenter 450 kilometers east of Mahahual, Quintana Roo, at 17.5 n, 83.6 w, at a depth of 33 kilometers and a magnitude of 7.5.

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