Magnitude 7.6 quake hits Central America

Earthquake in Caribbean prompts tsunami warning; no deaths reported

A major natural disaster, one of the most severe in the past 100 years, struck off the coast of Honduras late Tuesday night.

An quake that registered at 7.6 on the Richter scale struck the Caribbean Tuesday night off the coast of Honduras.

Despite the strength of th quake, only minor damage has been reported so far, particularly in Honduras.

Honduran President Juan Orlando tweeted, "In face of the quake registered in our country, we have activated the emergency system, please remain calm, report any emergency to @ 911Honduras". The tremor struck in the sea about 125 miles north-northeast of Barra Patuca, Honduras, and 188 miles southwest of George Town, Cayman Islands.

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The US Geological Survey measured the quake at a preliminary magnitude of 7.6. But it later said the tsunami threat had passed.

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

Havana, Jan 10 (Prensa Latina) Authorities of seismic services of Central America and the Caribbean are today on alert in the face of probable replicas of an natural disaster that shook the zone late last night with an intensity of 7.6 degree in the Richter scale. Authorities from Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and the Virgin Islands activated tsunami warnings.

Other than cracks in some buildings in the region, no other damage or injuries were reported.

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