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7.6 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Caribbean Sea, Tsunami Warning For Puerto Rico, Jamaica

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| January 10 , 2018 , 10:41 IST

A massive 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck the Caribbean Sea on Tuesday night around 25 miles from the coast of the Great Swan Island belonging to the Honduras. In the wake of the earthquake, a tsunami warning was issued on Wednesday for nearby islands including the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Jamaica.

According to the US Geological Survey, the tremor occurred at 9:51 PM a depth of 6.2 miles.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that the tsunami advisory was in effect for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, with a possibility of waves up to 3 feet above the tide level.

The waves may also impact the coasts of the Central American nations, including Jamaica, Cuba and the Cayman Islands.

Although the effects of the earthquake were visible even 323 miles to the east in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa, and even lightly felt in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo north of Honduras, no damage was reported.

The northern coast of the Honduras which was closest to the epicentre of the earthquake is mainly covered by nature reserves and is sparsely populated.

President of Honduras Juan Orlando Hernandez in a tweet said that the nation had activated its emergency system and asked people to remain calm.

The Caribbean islands and Puerto Rico were devastated in a hurricane that struck last year in September.