7.6 Quake Hits Caribbean Sea

7.6 Quake Hits Caribbean Sea

A magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck in the Caribbean Sea between the coast of Honduras and the Cayman Islands on Tuesday night. There were no early reports of damage on land. Tsunami warning centers said no tsunami waves had been confirmed but stress that people in Puerto Rico, other Caribbean islands and the coast of Central America should be alert to the danger of a possible tsunami, AP reported.  The US Geological Survey measured the quake at a preliminary magnitude of 7.6. The tremor struck in the sea about 202 kilometers north-northeast of Barra Patuca, Honduras, and 303 kilometers southwest of George Town, Cayman Islands. The tremor occurred about 10 kilometers below the surface. President Juan Orlando Hernandez said via Twitter that Honduras had activated its emergency system and asked people to remain calm. In the Cayman Islands, Sgt. Dave McKay with Royal Cayman Islands Police told AP that hazard management officials had not issued a tsunami alert but authorities were monitoring the situation.


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