7.6-magnitude natural disaster strikes off the coast of Honduras

7.6-magnitude natural disaster strikes off the coast of Honduras

"Amazing trip to #Cancun ended last night with our condo shaking like insane as a result of an quake off the coast of Honduras".

A magnitude 7.6 natural disaster has struck near the coast of Honduras, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS), which said it was registered at 20:50 local time.

An earlier tsunami warning for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands has been canceled.

No tsunami warning was immediately issued. The quake struck in the sea Tuesday night about 125 miles north-northeast of Barra Patuca, Honduras, and 188 miles southwest of George Town, Cayman Islands.

Waves may reach up to 3.2 feet above tide heights.

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The tsunami warning were in effect for two hours and then the advisories were withdrawn.

President Juan Orlando Hernandez tweeted that the emergency system had been activated and people should remain calm.

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 reports that the 7.6 magnitude makes this one of the most powerful earthquakes to hit the Caribbean in modern day history.

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

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