Published: Thu, January 11, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

7.6 magnitude quake strikes north of Honduras

7.6 magnitude quake strikes north of Honduras

A Tsunami warning has been issued for Jamaica, following a magnitude 7.6 quake that struck in the Caribbean Sea between the coast of Honduras and the Cayman Islands on Tuesday night.

The U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center also issued an advisory for a number of countries in the Caribbean but they later recalled all warnings, saying that the threat had passed.

The powerful quake was initially measured at 7.8, but later revised.

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

The quake rattled windows in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa roughly 323 miles (519 km) to the east, but no damage was immediately reported.

The northern coast that was closest to the epicenter is sparsely populated.

Firefighters said some residents in southern neighbourhoods fled their homes after feeling the shaking.

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Rodrigo Anaya Rodriguez was in a hammock inside his house near popular tourist site Bacalar Lake on Mexico's Caribbean coast in Quintana Roo when he felt three tremors.

'It felt like a bulldozer was driving past, ' he said.

He ran to his balcony and saw electricity posts and cables swaying.

The tsunami warning were in effect for two hours and then the advisories were withdrawn.

The tremors were felt in Belize's capital, Belize City, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

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".

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