Massive 7.6 magnitude earthquake strikes in the Caribbean

A monstrous earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale struck the Caribbean Sea which prompted the warning of a Tsunami for all the nearby islands that included the US Virgin Islands, Jamaica and Puerto Rico. This particular tremor was one of the largest in history so far that has hit the Caribbean on the night of Tuesday at around 9.51 pm at a distance of about 25 miles from the coast of the Great Swan Island that belongs to Honduras. The estimated depth of the earthquake was about 6.2 miles and has already rocked a number of nations located in Central America. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre mentioned that a tsunami advisory was put in place for the places which were previously hit by the devastating hurricanes that is Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The centre also warned these places of waves of approximate height of about three feet above the tide level.

There were also chances of waves which had the capacity to create a great impact on the coast of the nations of Central America that includes Cuba, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. But these warnings were cancelled later on and at the end actually no tsunami was materialized. The US National Weather Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre already issued a warning regarding the hazardous tsunami waves that are very possible for coasts that are located a distance of within one thousand kilometers of the epicenter of the earthquake. But after time passed the centre mentioned that this threat had passed.

The earthquake was powerful enough for rattling windows in the city of Tegucigalpa, the capital city of Honduras which is located at a distance of about 323 miles to the east, while officials mentioned that there were some reports of cracks in homes in Atlántida and Colon provinces lying along the northern coast and Olancho in the east. Firefighters stated that some of the residents in southern neighborhoods left their homes in haste after they felt the shaking as a result of the earthquake. The northern coast of Honduras which is the closest location to the epicenter of the earthquake is not very densely populated since much of the place is covered by natural reserves. The President of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernandez issued a statement for the residents on Twitter where he said that the nation had already activated its emergency system and asked all the residents to remain calm.

January 16, 2022 - 17:25
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