Natural disaster in Caribbean prompts tsunami warning; no deaths reported

Brad Rempel of High Valley ‘Thankful To Be Safe’ After Massive Earthquake

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the U.S. issued the warning for Jamaica, also placing Cuba, Mexico, Honduras and Belize on alert.

A powerful quake with a magnitude of 7.6 hit north of Honduras in the Caribbean Sea on Tuesday night, triggering a tsunami warning for nearby seashores, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

According to the news report, tremors were felt in a number of places around the country after the quake hit at 8.51 pm (0251 GMT Wednesday), but there were no initial reports of damage or casualties.

The powerful quake was initially measured at 7.8, but later revised.

Tsunami warnings were issued for the Cayman Islands, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, the Caribbean islands, Central America, and Mexico.

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


The tremor occurred about 6 miles below the surface. It was also lightly felt in Belize's capital, Belize City.

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez urged citizens to "stay calm, report emergencies and follow the instructions of authorities".

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

The epicenter is located off the northern coast of Honduras.

This is a developing story.

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