A 7.6-magnitude quake rocked an island archipelago 150 kilometres off the coast of Honduras late Tuesday, setting off regional tsunami advisories which were later cancelled.
The natural disaster on Wednesday was felt across northern Central America, briefly prompting a tsunami warning in Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean Islands.
The US Geological Survey measured the quake at a preliminary magnitude of 7.6.
Reuters reports that a tsunami advisory is in effect for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. People near the coast of those nations should seek higher ground immediately. The tremor struck in the sea about 202 kilometres north-northeast of Barra Patuca, Honduras, and 303 kilometres southwest of George Town, Cayman Islands.
In the Cayman Islands, Sgt. Dave McKay with Royal Cayman Islands Police, said hazard management officials had not issued a tsunami alert but authorities were monitoring the situation.
The tremor was about 25 miles (44km) east of Honduras's Swan Islands, which are unpopulated except for a small navy post.
The quake was recorded at 9:52 p.m. EST and had a depth of about 6.2 miles.
Translation: In face of the natural disaster registered in our country, we have activated the emergency system, please remain calm, report any emergency to @ 911Honduras, Honduran president Juan Orlando tweeted.
The northern coast of Honduras closest to the quake's epicenter is sparsely populated.
The reports that the 7.6 magnitude makes this one of the most powerful earthquakes to hit the Caribbean in modern day history. The quake that devastated Haiti was magnitude 7.0.
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