Wednesday, January 10, 2018

7.6R North of Honduras.

A powerful 7.6R North of Honduras has been reported this morniong by EMSC.  The event was 192km from Barra Patuca.
One of the strongest earthquakes to hit the Caribbean in modern times struck off the coast of Honduras on Tuesday night, shaking the mainland and setting off tsunami warnings that were cancelled about an hour later.
There were no early reports of serious damage or casualties on land after the quake struck shortly before 10pm EST. Officials in Honduras said shaking was registered across much of the nation and there were some reports of cracks in homes in Colon and Atlantida provinces along the northern coast and Olancho in eastern Honduras.
Tsunami centres issued advisories and warnings for Puerto Rico, the Cayman Islands, Cuba, Jamaica and other Caribbean islands as well as on the coasts of Mexico and Central America, cautioning that sea levels could rise from a foot to 3 feet (0.3 to 1 metre) above normal, but no tsunami materialised.
The US Geological Survey measured the quake at a preliminary magnitude of 7.6. The tremor struck in the sea about 125 miles (202 kilometres) north-northeast of Barra Patuca, Honduras, and 188 miles (303 kilometres) southwest of George Town, Cayman Islands. The tremor occurred about 6 miles (10 kilometres) below the surface.
MagnitudeMw 7.6
Date time2018-01-10 02:51:32.3 UTC
Location17.40 N ; 83.59 W
Depth15 km
Distances314 km SW of George Town, Cayman Islands / pop: 29,400 / local time: 21:51:32.3 2018-01-09
237 km N of Puerto Lempira, Honduras / pop: 4,900 / local time: 20:51:32.3 2018-01-09
192 km N of Barra Patuca, Honduras / pop: 2,800 / local time: 20:51:32.3 2018-01-09
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