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Honduras: 7.6 Earthquake Triggers Tsunami alert

11 January 2018
Honduras: 7.6 Earthquake Triggers Tsunami alert

A 7.6-magnitude quake 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.

Hazardous conditions are possible in a 620-mile radius of the quake. Waves were expected to be up to 3 feet above tide level. The natural disaster was measured at 9:52 p.m. ET.

The tsunami warning were in effect for two hours and then the advisories were withdrawn.

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".

It rattled windows in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa, but no damage was immediately reported.

The National Coordinator of Civil Protection in Mexico Luis Felipe Puente wrote, "Based on information from the Tsunami Alert Center @SEMAR_mx, we ruled out the possibility of the generation of a #Tsunami".

The quake, which was initially reported as having a 7.8 magnitude, occurred at a depth of 10 kilometers, or 6 miles, on Tuesday night.

The reports that the 7.6 magnitude makes this one of the most powerful earthquakes to hit the Caribbean in modern day history. The natural disaster that devastated Haiti was magnitude 7.0.