Strong 7.6 natural disaster hits near Honduras

Violet Powell
January 11, 2018

Tsunami warnings were put into effect after the natural disaster struck, but were ultimately canceled.

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.

An earlier tsunami warning for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands has been canceled.

The epicenter of the quake was 125.4 miles north/northeast off the coast of Barra Patucca, Honduras and 25 miles from the Swan Islands, which only houses a small naval post.

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

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The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center warned that tsunami waves of up to one meter (three feet) above tide level could hit parts of Honduras, Belize, Puerto Rico, the Cayman Islands, Jamaica and Cuba, among others.

The tsunami warning were in effect for two hours and then the advisories were withdrawn.

This shallow depth could have amplified its effect, though no damage in Honduras was immediately reported, according to Reuters.

The tremor occurred about 6 miles below the surface.

In 2010, Haiti was hit by a devastating 7.0-magnitude quake, leading to over 200,000 deaths. The 2009 quake, which was much closer to land, resulted in seven fatalities, 40 injuries and 130 buildings being damaged or destroyed.

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