Magnitude 7.6. Earthquake Hits Caribbean Coast; No Damage Reported

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Several media outlets are reporting no damage after a magnitude 7.6 earthquake hit the Caribbean between the coast of Honduras and the Cayman Islands Tuesday night. 

According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, there is no tsunami warning, advisory, watch or threat in effect. 

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center initially warned that tsunami waves up to three feet above tide level could hit parts of Honduras, Belize and Puerto Rico, along with the U.S. Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands, according to CNN. About two hours after the quake, according to the CNN report, the center said the threat had passed, withdrawing all tsunami advisories connected with the quake.

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“We have reports that it was felt in the majority of the country, but we don’t have reports of damage,” Lizandro Rosales, director of Honduras’ contingencies commission, told AccuWeather.

According to Reuters, the earthquake rattled windows in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa roughly 323 miles to the east and was felt at least as far north as the Mexican state of Quintana Roo.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake, initially reported as a magnitude 7.8, was centered 125 miles northeast of Barra Patuca in Honduras and 191 miles southwest of George Town in the Cayman Islands.

According to the AccuWeather report, Tuesday night's earthquake was stronger than the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that devastated Haiti on January 12, 2010.

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