Magnitude 7.6 quake hits north of Honduras, triggers tsunami warning
January 22 2018, 01:54 | Irvin Gilbert
Curtis and Brad Rempel of High Valley
"Amazing trip to #Cancun ended last night with our condo shaking like insane as a result of an quake off the coast of Honduras", Rempel shares on Instagram next to a stunning beach shot showing white sand and crystal blue water from the window of the condo they were staying in.
A 7.6 magnitude natural disaster struck the Caribbean Sea Tuesday night, and the U.S. Tsunami Warning Center said a tsunami was possible for nearby islands, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The quake, one of the largest in modern history, struck 25 miles east of Honduras'Swan Islands, causing the alerts and warnings of water level rises of 3 feet or more to be issued.
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez urged citizens to "stay calm, report emergencies and follow the instructions of authorities".
However, two hours after the quake, the threat passed, and all tsunami advisories connected with the quake were withdrawn.
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".
The tremor occurred in the sea between the island of Cuba and the coasts of Honduras and Belize, according to maps published by USGS. There were no early reports of fatalities or serious damage.
Brad was at his vacation rental in Cancun when the tremor, which is reportedly one of the largest to hit the Caribbean in modern times, shook the building.
In May 2009, a magnitude 7.3 natural disaster occurred along the Swan Island transform fault approximately 300 km west of the January 9, 2018 event.