Monday, November 16, 2015

Caribbean Sea earthquake: Strong quake between Honduras and the Cayman Islands

A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 has struck the Caribbean Sea between Honduras and the Cayman Islands, seismologists say. 

The earthquake, which struck at 6:39 p.m. local time in Honduras or 7:39 p.m. local time on the Cayman Islands, was centered about 167 kilometers (104 miles) south-southwest of George Town on the Cayman Islands, or 420 kilometers (261 miles) west of Montego Bay in Jamaica. It struck about 9.1 kilometers (5.7 miles) deep, making it a shallow earthquake, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). 

Computer models from the USGS estimated that some 54,000 people may have felt weak shaking from the earthquake, which is unlikely to have caused damage or casualties. Shaking could be felt in George Town, West Bay, Bodden Town, and some other towns in the region.

No tsunami watches or warnings have been issued. "Based on earthquake information and historic tsunami records the earthquake is not expected to generate a tsunami," the U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center said in a bulletin.
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