Magnitude 7.6 quake hits north of Honduras, triggers tsunami warning

Magnitude 7.6 quake hits north of Honduras, triggers tsunami warning

The quake struck at 0251 GMT and its epicenter was located some 27 miles (44 kilometers) east of Great Swan Island, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

A powerful quake with a magnitude of 7.6 hit north of Honduras in the Caribbean Sea on Tuesday night, triggering a tsunami warning for nearby seashores, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

There were no early reports of serious damage or casualties on land after the quake struck shortly before 10 p.m. EST.

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 put into effect after the quake struck, but were ultimately canceled.

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Tsunami warning centers initially issued advisories stressing that people in Puerto Rico, the Cayman Islands, Cuba, Jamaica and other Caribbean islands as well as on the coasts of Mexico and Central America should aware of the tsunami danger.

A tsunami advisory signals a threat to those in or near water, as strong currents and waves could be unsafe.

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

The Ministry of the Navy issued a tsunami warning, which was estimated to reach the coast of Quintana Roo at 23:15 hrs. The tremor occurred about 6 miles (10km) below the surface. The 2010 quake that devastated Haiti was magnitude 7.0.

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