Natural disaster of 7.6 magnitude strikes off Central America: USGS

Natural disaster of 7.6 magnitude strikes off Central America: USGS

Natural disaster of 7.6 magnitude strikes off Central America: USGS

A powerful natural disaster 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).

An earlier tsunami warning for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands has been canceled. The agency also warned of possible waves up to 1 meter (3 feet) above tide level. The natural disaster was measured at 9:52 p.m. ET. The tremor struck in the sea about 125 miles north-northeast of Barra Patuca, Honduras, and 188 miles southwest of George Town, Cayman Islands.

A tsunami advisory signals a threat to those in or near water, as strong currents and waves could be risky.

Honduran President Juan Orlando tweeted, "In face of the quake registered in our country, we have activated the emergency system, please remain calm, report any emergency to @ 911Honduras".

A massive 7.6 magnitude quake has occurred in the Caribbean Sea, north of Honduras.

In the Cayman Islands, Sgt. Dave McKay with Royal Cayman Islands Police, said hazard management officials had not issued a tsunami alert but authorities were monitoring the situation. Brad was at his vacation rental in Cancun when the tremor, which is reportedly one of the largest to hit the Caribbean in modern times, shook the building.

In 2010, Haiti was hit by a devastating 7.0-magnitude quake, leading to over 200,000 deaths.

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