Natural disaster with magnitude 7.6 hits Caribbean; damage being assessed

Natural disaster with magnitude 7.6 hits Caribbean; damage being assessed

Natural disaster with magnitude 7.6 hits Caribbean; damage being assessed

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

Caribbean leaders have announced the activation of emergency systems after an quake that struck near remote islands belonging to Honduras.

The natural disaster rattled window in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa over 320 miles away and was also felt as far as Mexico.

A magnitude 7.6 natural disaster struck in the Caribbean Sea, aprox.

The USGS measured the quake at a preliminary magnitude of 7.8.

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez urged citizens to "stay calm, report emergencies and follow the instructions of authorities".

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.

High buildings of the southern Isle of Youth and western province of Pinar del Rio felt the shakes of this seismic event, that ocurre don 9:51 pm local time, with epicenter located in the 17.46 degrees latitude north and 83.52 degrees longitude west, at a depth of 10 kilometers.

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

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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