Natural disaster of 7.6 magnitude strikes off Central America: USGS

Natural disaster of 7.6 magnitude strikes off Central America: USGS

Natural disaster of 7.6 magnitude strikes off Central America: USGS

A magnitude 7.6 quake has struck near the coast of Honduras, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS), which said it was registered at 20:50 local time.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the United States issued the warning for Jamaica, also placing Cuba, Mexico, Honduras and Belize on alert.

The epicenter was located 202 kilometers from the Honduran town of Barra Patuca, and 245 kilometers from the municipality of Puerto Lempira in Honduras. The agency also warned of possible waves up to 1 meter (3 feet) above tide level.

A massive 7.6 magnitude natural disaster has occurred in the Caribbean Sea, north of Honduras.

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

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She also allegedly submitted false documents to FEMA for financial assistance and to have "substantial" construction done on her home.

There have been no immediate reports of damage or injuries, however, this is an ongoing story and more will be available as information is released.

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.

It's one of the strongest quakes to hit the Caribbean in recorded history.

In 2010, Haiti was hit by a devastating 7.0-magnitude quake, leading to over 200,000 deaths.

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