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Magnitude 7.6 earthquake strikes off Honduras coast: USGS

AFP  |  Washington 

A powerful and shallow 7.6- magnitude has hit the waters off the coast of Honduras, triggering threats and advisories for nearby shores, though there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The quake struck at 0820 late yesterday and its epicenter was located some 27 miles (44 kilometers) east of Great Swan Island, according to the Geological Survey (USGS). It was provisionally considered to be shallow.

Honduran said authorities had activated the country's emergency system, but urged people to "please remain calm."

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

Tsunami advisories, which are a level below "warnings" were issued for and the Virgin Islands.

Cuba, Mexico, Honduras, and meanwhile were issued "threat" warnings of waves between 0.3 to one meter (a foot to 3.3 feet) high.

The USGS's assigned the event a "green alert," meaning a low likelihood of casualties and damage.

"Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are vulnerable to earthquake shaking, though resistant structures exist," it said.

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First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 09:50 IST