10/01/2018 Environment

Strong earthquake shakes Honduras

The tremor, of 7.6 degrees, was felt in several cities of Central America and Mexico. It rule out a possible tsunami.




Juan Orlando herández


An earthquake of magnitude 7.6 that originated off the coast of Honduras was felt last night in the Caribbean region and part of Mexico.

The United States Geological Survey indicated that the preliminary magnitude of the earthquake was 7.6. The quake had an offshore epicenter, about 202 kilometers (125 miles) northeast of Barra Patuca, Honduras, and 303 kilometers (188 miles) southwest of George Town, Cayman Islands. The earthquake occurred about 10 kilometers (6 miles) deep.

The northern coast of Honduras, the closest to the epicenter, is sparsely populated and is mostly covered in nature reserves. Some of the people in Tegucigalpa, the capital, said they did not feel the tremor.

"According to our preliminary parameters of earthquakes, it is possible that dangerous waves of tsunami are recorded in coasts located less than 1,000 kilometers from the epicenter," the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center had advanced after the event. However, minutes later this possibility was ruled out.






The quake was also felt in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, where tourist sites such as Cancun and Playa del Carmen are located, without any damage being reported, said the country's national coordinator of Civil Protection, Luis Felipe Puente. Similarly, the Secretary of the Navy of Mexico warned through a statement that the arrival of large waves is expected during this night and early Wednesday morning on the island of Cozumel, in the state of Quintana Roo, and in the states of Yucatan and Campeche. .