Strong 7.6 earthquake hits near Honduras

  • A 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Honduras on Tuesday evening.
  • A tsunami warning has been issued for Honduras and Belize.
  • An earlier tsunami warning for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands has been canceled.

A massive 7.6 magnitude earthquake has occurred in the Caribbean Sea, north of Honduras.

The earthquake, which was initially reported as having a 7.8 magnitude, occurred at a depth of 10 kilometers, or 6 miles, on Tuesday night. This shallow depth could have amplified its effect, though no damage in Honduras was immediately reported, according to Reuters.

A tsunami warning has been issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

Hazardous waves, between 0.3 meters and 1 meter above tide level, are forecast to hit Honduras and Belize. Waves are expected to reach Belize City at 10:52 p.m. (local time).

The PTWC has advised coastal residents of these countries to stay alert and follow local instructions.

An earlier tsunami warning for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands has been canceled.

Tsunamis are a series of waves, and the break between each wave can vary from five minutes to an hour.

Tsunami waves have already been observed in the Cayman Islands, where they were approximately 20 centimeters high.

Earlier alerts warned tsunami waves could hit the coasts of Belize, Cuba, Honduras, Mexico, Cayman Islands, and Jamaica, but these have been revised.

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