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Magnitude 7.6 quake strikes off Central America

A beach in the Caribbean A beach in the Caribbean
Faye Gross | 11 January, 2018, 00:31

The quake rattled windows in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa roughly 323 miles (519 km) to the east, but no damage was immediately reported.

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

The natural disaster, one of the largest in modern history, struck 25 miles east of Honduras'Swan Islands, causing the alerts and warnings of water level rises of 3 feet or more to be issued.

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

Tsunami centers issued advisories and warnings for Puerto Rico, the Cayman Islands, Cuba, Jamaica and other Caribbean islands as well as on the coasts of Mexico and Central America, cautioning that sea levels could rise from a foot to 3 feet above normal, but no tsunami materialized.

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The danger escalates from a threat, to a watch, to an advisory, and to a warning.

The USGS measured the quake at a preliminary magnitude of 7.8.

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. The tremor occurred about 6 miles (10 kilometers) below the surface.

There is no reported damage from the quake.

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