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7.6 magnitude earthquake shakes the Caribbean Sea, tsunami threat diminishes

By Sue Richards last modified Jan 10, 2018 12:39 PM
A magnitude 7.6 earthquake shook Honduras, Mexico and Belize in the Caribbean Sea early Tuesday night. As of 10:48 p.m. CST, all tsunami advisories were cancelled throughout the Caribbean and Central America.

Published: 2018-01-10 12:39:36
Topics: Caribbean Sea
Countries: Belize , Honduras , Mexico

7.6 magnitude earthquake shakes the Caribbean Sea, tsunami threat diminishes

The earthquake occurred west of Jamaica at a depth of just 6.2 miles (10 km).

As reported by www.accuweather.com

The earthquake occurred west of Jamaica at a depth of just 6.2 miles (10 km).

Tuesday night's earthquake was stronger than the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that devastated Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010.

Two aftershocks have occurred since the original earthquake, at magnitudes 4.3 and 4.5. Both were recorded within 50 kilometers of the original epicenter.

No damage has been reported from this event, despite the high magnitude and several strong aftershocks.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center initially warned that tsunami waves up to 1 meter (3 feet) above tide level could hit parts of Honduras, Belize and Puerto Rico along with the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. About two hours after the quake, the center said the threat had passed, withdrawing all tsunami advisories connected with the quake.

Quickly receding water was observed along the shores of Belize.


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