Quake Strikes Caribbean Sea Tuesday Night

Earthquake in Caribbean prompts tsunami warning; no deaths reported

Earthquake of 7.6 magnitude strikes off Central America: USGS

A Tsunami warning has been issued for Jamaica, following a magnitude 7.6 natural disaster that struck in the Caribbean Sea between the coast of Honduras and the Cayman Islands on Tuesday night. The tremor was felt across much of the nation, officials said, and the quake triggered tsunami warnings across the Caribbean that were canceled two hours later.

According to the news report, tremors were felt in a number of places around the country after the quake hit at 8.51 pm (0251 GMT Wednesday), but there were no initial reports of damage or casualties.

A magnitude 7.6 quake struck in the Caribbean Sea, aprox. The quake struck in the sea Tuesday night about 125 miles north-northeast of Barra Patuca, Honduras, and 188 miles southwest of George Town, Cayman Islands.

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez urged citizens to "stay calm, report emergencies and follow the instructions of authorities".

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said a tsunami advisory is in effect for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. But it later said the tsunami threat had passed. The natural disaster that devastated Haiti was magnitude 7.0.

The National Coordinator of Civil Protection in Mexico Luis Felipe Puente wrote, "Based on information from the Tsunami Alert Center @SEMAR_mx, we ruled out the possibility of the generation of a #Tsunami".

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

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