Little damage as mag 7.6 quake hits in sea north of Honduras

Elias Hubbard
January 10, 2018

A powerful 7.6-magnitude quake hit off Honduras late Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila), triggering tsunami threats and advisories for nearby Caribbean shores, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake, initially reported as a magnitude 7.8, was centered 125 miles (202 km) northeast of Barra Patuca in Honduras and 191 miles (307 km) southwest of George Town in the Cayman Islands. Authorities from Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and the Virgin Islands activated tsunami warnings.

"It felt like a bulldozer was driving past", he said. Struck at 10:51 p.m. local time (0251 GMT), the epicenter was located some 27 miles (44 km) east of Great Swan Island, it said.

Despite the strength of the quake and several aftershocks, no major damage was reported from the event.

Cuba, Mexico, Honduras, Belize and Jamaica meanwhile were issued "threat" warnings of waves between 0.3 to one meter (a foot to 3.3 feet) high. It was also lightly felt in Belize's capital, Belize City.

The shallow natural disaster 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.

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

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