• NWS: Tsunami advisory canceled for U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico

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    SAN JUAN - An earthquake north of Honduras brought about the fear of a tsunami in area islands.

    The USGS says a magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck in the Caribbean Sea north of Honduras Tuesday night.

    Though there was no immediate report of land damage, the National Weather Service out of San Juan tweeted that a tsunami advisory was in effect in Puerto Rico in the U.S. Virgin Islands. They later tweeted that the advisory was canceled.

    Officials recommended that people move inland from near the water. 

    They said a tsunami could impact the area after 1 a.m. 

    The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake at a preliminary magnitude of 7.6. The tremor struck in the sea about 125 miles (202 kilometers) north-northeast of Barra Patuca, Honduras, and 188 miles (303 kilometers) southwest of George Town, Cayman Islands. The tremor occurred about 6 miles (10 kilometers) below the surface.

    Other islands in the Caribbean and those along the coast of Central America could also face the threat of a tsunami.

    FOX23 is working to learn more about the tsunami threat for FOX23.com and FOX23 News This Morning starting at 4 a.m.


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