7.6 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Caribbean

A 7.6 magnitude earthquake has struck the Honduras, prompting tsunami warnings across the Caribbean.

The quake struck 202 kilometres northeast of Barra Patuca and 307 kilometres south west of George Town in the Cayman Islands by the United States Geological Survey.

The US Tsunami Centre issued tsunami warnings for Puerto Rico as well as the British and Virgin Islands after the quake but were later cancelled.

However, they warned parts of Honduras and Belize were still at risk from one metre waves.

No damage was immediately reported despite tremors reaching the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa.

“We have reports that it was felt in the majority of the country, but we don’t have reports of damage,” director of Honduras’ contingencies commission Lizandro Rosales said.

Resident Rodrigo Anaya Rodriguez said he felt three tremors while in a hammock inside his house near Bacalar Lake in Quintana Roo on Mexico’s Caribbean coast.

“It felt like a bulldozer was driving past, Mr Rodriguez said.

“It didn’t last long but was very violent.”

The quake was lightly felt in Belize despite being very shallow, but did not prompt reports of damage.

Belize’s minister of emergency management Edmond Castro urged on local radio for people in low coastal areas and islands to stay alert for dangerous waves.

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