Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Tsunami advisories cancelled for magnitude 7.6 quake in Caribbean

Tsunami advisories cancelled for magnitude 7.6 quake in Caribbean

The natural disaster on Wednesday was felt across northern Central America, briefly prompting a tsunami warning in Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean Islands.

A magnitude 7.6 quake struck in the Caribbean Sea between the coast of Honduras and the Cayman Islands on Tuesday night, shaking the mainland and causing officials to briefly post advisories warning of the threat of possible tsunami surges around the region.

Tsunamis are giant waves caused by earthquakes or volcanic eruptions under the sea.

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.

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".

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However, two hours after the quake, the threat passed, and all tsunami advisories connected with the quake were withdrawn.

In the Cayman Islands, Sgt. Dave McKay with Royal Cayman Islands Police, said hazard management officials had not issued a tsunami alert but authorities were monitoring the situation.

The natural disaster was one of the strongest in recent history in the region, the Associated Press reported. The tremor occurred about 6 miles (10 kilometers) below the surface.

In May 2009, a magnitude 7.3 quake occurred along the Swan Island transform fault approximately 300 km west of the January 9, 2018 event.

Other than cracks in some buildings in the region, no other damage or injuries were reported.

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