The Caribbean region was hit with a massive earthquake Tuesday night, leading to tsunami warnings for multiple nations in the surrounding area.
The epicenter of the 7.6 magnitude earthquake was in the Caribbean Sea, between the coasts of Honduras and the Cayman Islands.
BREAKING: USGS says magnitude 7.6 earthquake has struck in Caribbean Sea north of Honduras.
— The Associated Press (@AP) January 10, 2018
It is believed to have been one of the strongest earthquakes to strike the region in modern memory, according to USA Today.
The quake, which struck at around 10 p.m., did not cause any serious damage or injuries. The northern coast of Honduras closest to the quake’s epicenter has few people living on it.
Breaking overnight: 7.6 magnitude earthquake strikes the Caribbean, setting off tsunami warnings across the region pic.twitter.com/T3dTzjat5k
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 10, 2018
The quake was originally measured as having a magnitude of 7.8, but it was later downgraded to a 7.6 instead.
Tsunami warnings initially went into effect in countries like Puerto Rico, the Cayman Islands, Cuba, Jamaica and other Central American nations.
“Tsunami waves reaching 0.3 to 1 meters above the tide level are possible for some coasts,” the U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in a statement, according to CNN.
People living in coastal centers were told to go to higher ground.
For those instantly worried, like me, about Honduras following the M7.6 earthquake tonight—breathe easy. The quake was far enough offshore that hardly anyone even felt it, and there is likely to be no significant damage or injuries.
Good news in a world that needs it. pic.twitter.com/DQ1DOTkr7Q
— Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) January 10, 2018
“If you notice that the (sea) disappears, you have to go to (a) high place,” said Juan Jose Reyes, the director of Early Warning Systems for COPECO, a Honduran disaster prevention agency COPECO.
“Pay attention to the alerts, to the authorities,” he added, while speaking at a news briefing in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa.
* AN EARTHQUAKE WITH A PRELIMINARY MAGNITUDE OF 7.6 OCCURRED
NORTH OF HONDURAS AT 0252 UTC ON WEDNESDAY JANUARY 10 2018.
* BASED ON ALL AVAILABLE DATA… THE TSUNAMI THREAT FROM THIS
EARTHQUAKE HAS PASSED AND THERE IS NO FURTHER THREAT.
— Reed Timmer (@ReedTimmerAccu) January 10, 2018
Moreover, the tsunami warnings were lifted for most of the Caribbean after authorities in the U.S. determined there was no longer any imminent threat, according to CNBC.
Tuesday night’s earthquake came almost 8 years to the day that Haiti was devastated by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake on Jan. 12, 2010.
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