Honduras: 7.6 Earthquake Triggers Tsunami alert

Honduras: 7.6 Earthquake Triggers Tsunami alert

President Juan Orlando Hernandez said authorities had activated the country's emergency system but urged people to remain calm.

Puerto Rico authorities monitoring coastlines of 46 municipalities on the U.S. territory.

According to the U.S. Geological Service (USGS), the quake of magnitude 7.6 in the Richter scale shook the areas between Honduras and Cuba and unleash a tsunami alert that reaching as far as Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands. There were no early reports of fatalities or serious damage.

A tsunami advisory by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center was in effect for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands after the natural disaster struck. 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.

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

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".

The northern coast of Honduras closest to the quake's epicentre is sparsely populated, with much of it covered by nature reserves. The tremor was about 25 miles (44 kilometers) east of Honduras' Swan Islands, which are unpopulated except for a small navy post.

He said there were no plans to evacuate anyone.

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