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.
11:18 pm, A tsunami advisory is now in effect for PR/USVI due to an Earthquake with magnitude of 7.8 near Honduras.— NWS San Juan (@NWSSanJuan) January 10, 2018
PR/USVI se encuentra en una advertencia de tsuanmi debido a un temblor de magnitud 7.8 cerca de Honduras.
Officials recommended that people move inland from near the water.
11:22pm Recommended actions: persons located in/near the ocean should move out of the waters, off the beach and away from the harbor.— NWS San Juan (@NWSSanJuan) January 10, 2018
Acciones recomendadas: personas cerca o en el agua deben alejarse de las aguas, fuera de las playas y alejados de los puertos.
They said a tsunami could impact the area after 1 a.m.
12:03 A tsunami have been generated which could impact coastal areas of PR/USVI approx. after 1:00am. Stay tuned for updates.— NWS San Juan (@NWSSanJuan) January 10, 2018
Un tsunami se ha generado que podría impactar las áreas costeras de PR/USVI aprox. después de las 1:00am. Manténgase atento para más actualizaciones.
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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