Quake in Caribbean prompts tsunami warning; no deaths reported

Quake in Caribbean prompts tsunami warning; no deaths reported

An natural disaster of magnitude 7.6 struck near remote Caribbean Islands belonging to Honduras on Tuesday, sparking a tsunami warning for the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

"Based on the preliminary natural disaster parameters, hazardous tsunami waves are possible for coasts located within 1,000 kilometers of the quake epicenter", the US National Weather Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

A tsunami warning has been issued for Honduras and Belize.

The epicenter of the natural disaster was 125.4 miles north/northeast off the coast of Barra Patucca, Honduras and 25 miles from the Swan Islands, which only houses a small naval post. Waves were expected to be up to 3 feet above tide level.

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.

Meanwhile, the country's emergency services placed three of the country's departments on a 12-hour tsunami alert: Gracias a Dios, Colon Atlantida and Islas de la Bahia.

Nine other earthquakes of magnitude 6 or larger have occurred within 400 km of the January 9, 2018 event over the preceding century.

In 2010, Haiti was hit by a devastating 7.0-magnitude quake, leading to over 200,000 deaths. There were no early reports of injuries or damage on the land.