Shallow natural disaster hits Caribbean Sea, felt along Quintana Roo

Earthquake in Caribbean prompts tsunami warning; no deaths reported

Earthquake in Caribbean prompts tsunami warning; no deaths reported

The quake on Wednesday was felt across northern Central America, briefly prompting a tsunami warning in Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean Islands.

According to the U.S. Geological Service (USGS), the quake of magnitude 7.6 in the Richter scale shook the areas between Honduras and Cuba and unleash a tsunami alert that reaching as far as Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands. More than a dozen earthquakes with a magnitude of 7.0 or higher took place in the region in the past 500 years, according to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

The US Geological Survey measured the natural disaster at a preliminary magnitude of 7.6.

Meanwhile in Honduras, there were no early reports of damage on land following the quake.

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

Tsunami warnings were issued for parts of the coast of Central America, as well as Puerto Rico, the Cayman Islands, Cuba, Jamaica, and other Caribbean islands, but no tsunami occurred. Struck at 10:51 p.m. local time (0251 GMT), the epicenter was located some 27 miles (44 km) east of Great Swan Island, it said. But it later said the tsunami threat had passed.

The shallow natural disaster was recorded at 9:51 p.m. with its epicenter 450 kilometers east of Mahahual, Quintana Roo, at 17.5 n, 83.6 w, at a depth of 33 kilometers and a magnitude of 7.5.

The National Coordinator of Civil Protection in Mexico Luis Felipe Puente wrote, "Based on information from the Tsunami Alert Center @SEMAR_mx, we ruled out the possibility of the generation of a #Tsunami".

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