Live Trading News] A 7.6 magnitude earthquake has struck in the Caribbean Sea north of Honduras, triggering multiple tsunami warnings in the area, including for the coasts of Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake, initially reported as a
magnitude 7.8, was centered 125 miles (202 km)northeast of Barra Patuca
in Honduras and 191 miles (307 km)southwest of George Town in the Cayman
The powerful quake, which was felt in the Honduran capital
Tegucigalpa, struck some 36km northeast of Great Swan Island around
2:51am GMT, according to US Geological Survey.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has issued multiple tsunami
advisories for the shoreline of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands,
where it said there are threats of “fluctuations and strong ocean
currents that could be a hazard along coasts … beaches … in harbors …
and in coastal waters.”
Waves up to one meter above tide level are also possible in Cuba,
Mexico, Honduras, Belize and Jamaica, the PTWC warned, adding that
earthquakes of this size are “known to generate tsunamis dangerous to
shorelines near the source.”
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said a tsunami advisory was in
effect for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands after the earthquake
and warned of possible waves up to 1 meter (3 feet) above tide level.
The quake was very shallow, at only 6.2 miles (10 km), which would have amplified its effect.
It was also lightly felt in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo north
of Honduras, according to Mexico’s civil protection director. Read More