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Natural disaster of 7.6 magnitude strikes off Central America: USGS

Natural disaster of 7.6 magnitude strikes off Central America: USGS

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).

"It felt like a bulldozer was driving past", he said. "It didn't last very long but was very violent".

In Honduras, firefighters said some residents in southern neighborhoods fled their homes after feeling the shaking. Its epicenter was located about 202 kilometres north-northeast of Barra Patuca, Honduras, and 303 kilometres southwest of George Town, Cayman Islands.

There were no early reports of serious damage or casualties on land after the quake struck shortly before 10 p.m. EST.

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About two hours after the quake, the center said the threat had passed, withdrawing all tsunami advisories connected with the quake.

Following the quake, the National Tsunami Warning Center advised that hazardous tsunami waves were possible within 621 miles of the epicenter, which included the coastal areas of Jamaica, Mexico, Cuba, Belize, Costa Rica, Panama, Cayman Islands, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Reports were also received from people who say they felt the tremor inside the Yucatan Peninsula.

Waves up to a meter are possibl on several Caribbean islands.


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