Tsunami Warning Issued For Caribbean After Earthquake North Of Honduras

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The United States Geological Service (USGS) reported that a 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck north of Honduras in the Caribbean Sea late Tuesday. The earthquake prompted a tsunami advisory for the region, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC).

PTWC said hazardous tsunami waves from this earthquake are possible within 620 miles (1,000 km) of the epicenter along the coasts of: Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Mexico, Honduras, Cuba, Belize, San Andres, Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua and Guatemala.

The earthquake was centered about 125.4 miles north/northeast off the coast of Barra Patucca, Honduras. No local damage was immediately reported.

USGS said the earthquake was very shallow (6.2 miles), which amplifies its effect.

The National Weather Service in Puerto Rico urged “persons located in/near the ocean” to move away from the water, off the beach and away from the harbour.