Caribbean hit by 7.6 magnitude earthquake, off the coast of Honduras

The Caribbean was struck by a powerful earthquake on Tuesday evening, measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale. The epicentre of the earthquake was around 202 kilometres northeast of Honduras and there have been no reports of any serious damage. The tremor originated in the sea, 10 kilometres below the surface. Tsunami warnings that were issued when the quake occurred have also been called off, reports Independent.

The impact of the earthquake was felt in the capital of Honduras, Tegucigalpa where there instances of windows rattling and some residents evacuated their homes because of the tremors. Honduran officials also reported that there were cracks in homes in the provinces of Colon and Atlantida and shaking was registered across most of the nation. The region closest to the quake’s epicentre which is in Northern Honduras is a sparsely populated area.

The quake was also lightly felt in Quintana Roo, Mexico according to Mexico’s civil protection director. A resident described the tremors equating it to the sound of a bulldozer driving past, which didn’t last too long but was extremely powerful. He also noticed cable cars and electricity poles swaying, according to ABC news.

Sources – USA Today, ABC News

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