On Jan. 9, 2018, at 10 p.m. ET, one of the strongest earthquakes to hit the Caribbean off the coast of Honduras. It registered a magnitude 7.6. The temblor set of tsunami warnings that were canceled and hour later.
Shaking was registered across the nation of Honduras and there were reports of cracked homes in Colon and Atlantida provinces along the northern coast and eastern Honduras, according to officials.
Tsunami warnings were issued for the Cayman Islands, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, the Caribbean islands, Central America, and Mexico. Waves were expected to be up to 3 feet above tide level.
The tsunami warning were in effect for two hours and then the advisories were withdrawn.
The epicenter of the earthquake was 125.4 miles north/northeast off the coast of Barra Patucca, Honduras and 25 miles from the Swan Islands, which only houses a small naval post.
The temblor was only 6.2 miles deep. The shallowness of the epicenter amplifies the effect of the earthquake.
At 11:22 p.m., Puerto Ricans were urged to move out of the waters and away from the harbor.
The northern coast that was closest to the epicenter is sparsely populated. Most of the area is nature preserves. A few people in Tegucigalpa did not reportedly feel the temblor.
President Juan Orlando Hernandez tweeted that the emergency system had been activated and people should remain calm. Hector Pesquera, the public safety secretary reported that the coastlines were being monitored by authorities in 46 municipalities in Puerto Rico.
There have been no immediate reports of damage or injuries, however, this is an ongoing story and more will be available as information is released.
By Jeanette Smith
CBS News: Magnitude 7.6 earthquake strikes off Central America, USGS says
Reuters: Strong quake in Caribbean Sea shakes Honduras, Mexico and Belize, no tsunami
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