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Powerful Earthquake in Caribbean Prompts Tsunami Warnings

11 January 2018

The magnitude 7.6 natural disaster struck near the coast of Honduras, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, USGS, which registered it at 20:50 local time on Tuesday.

"Amazing trip to #Cancun ended last night with our condo shaking like insane as a result of an quake off the coast of Honduras", Rempel shares on Instagram next to a stunning beach shot showing white sand and crystal blue water from the window of the condo they were staying in.

The warnings for the disaster-hit countries were short lived.

The USGS said, "The Great Swan Island, Honduras quake occurred as the result of strike slip faulting in the shallow crust near the boundary between the North America and Caribbean plates".

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The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said a tsunami advisory was in effect for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands after the natural disaster and warned of possible waves up to 1 meter (3 feet) above tide level.

The tsunami warning were in effect for two hours and then the advisories were withdrawn.

The quake was.6 magnitude larger than the 7.0 natural disaster that devastated Haiti in 2010.

The Swan Island quake was one of the strongest to strike the Caribbean since recordkeeping began. There were no early reports of injuries or damage on the land. The tremor occurred about 6 miles (10 kilometers) below the surface.

Powerful Earthquake in Caribbean Prompts Tsunami Warnings