Quake in Caribbean prompts tsunami warning; no deaths reported

A beach in the Caribbean

A 7.6-magnitude quake struck the Caribbean Sea just off the coast of Honduras Tuesday night, triggering tsunami warnings for Puerto Rico and the British and U.S. Virgin Islands.

The natural disaster on Wednesday was felt across northern Central America, briefly prompting a tsunami warning in Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean Islands.

This shallow depth could have amplified its effect, though no damage in Honduras was immediately reported, according to Reuters.

The U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center also issued an advisory for a number of countries in the Caribbean but they later recalled all warnings, saying that the threat had passed.

The USGS measured the quake at a preliminary magnitude of 7.8. The tremor struck in the sea about 125 miles (202 kilometers) north-northeast of Barra Patuca, Honduras, and 188 miles (303 kilometers) southwest of George Town, Cayman Islands.

The natural disaster, which was initially reported as having a 7.8 magnitude, occurred at a depth of 10 kilometers, or 6 miles, on Tuesday night.

Waves may reach up to 3.2 feet above tide heights.

In 2017, two strong quakes struck Mexico, collapsing buildings and causing hundreds of fatalities. The 2009 natural disaster, which was much closer to land, resulted in seven fatalities, 40 injuries and 130 buildings being damaged or destroyed.

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