Natural disaster of 7.6 magnitude strikes off Central America: USGS

The singer took to Instagram to let fans know he was safe after a massive 7.6 magnitude quake struck the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Honduras.

The Ministry of the Navy issued a tsunami warning, which was estimated to reach the coast of Quintana Roo at 23:15 hrs.

The natural disaster rattled window in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa over 320 miles away and was also felt as far as Mexico.

The epicenter was located 202 kilometres from the Honduran town of Barra Patuca, and 245 kilometres from the municipality of Puerto Lempira (Honduras).

Reuters reports that a tsunami advisory is in effect for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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's epicentre was 44 kilometres east of Honduras' sparsely inhabited Swan Islands at a depth of 10 kilometres, according to reviewed results published by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Other than cracks in some buildings in the region, no other damage or injuries were reported.

The quake was very shallow, at only 6.2 miles (10 km), which would have amplified its effect.

The shallow natural disaster was recorded at 9:51 p.m. with its epicenter 450 kilometers east of Mahahual, Quintana Roo, at 17.5 n, 83.6 w, at a depth of 33 kilometers and a magnitude of 7.5.


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