7.6-magnitude natural disaster strikes off the coast of Honduras

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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 tremor was felt across much of the nation, officials said, and the quake triggered tsunami warnings across the Caribbean that were canceled two hours later.

This shallow depth could have amplified its effect, though no damage in Honduras was immediately reported, according to Reuters.

The USGS measured the quake at a preliminary magnitude of 7.8.

Rempel reported himself safe on Wednesday (Jan. 10), revealing that he was staying in Cancun when the quake occurred and could still feel the effects, even though he was just over 400 miles away from Honduras.

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The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center warned that tsunami waves of up to one meter (three feet) above tide level could hit parts of Honduras, Belize, Puerto Rico, the Cayman Islands, Jamaica and Cuba, among others. It was also lightly felt in Belize's capital, Belize City.

The PTWC has advised coastal residents of these countries to stay alert and follow local instructions.

Tsunami waves have already been observed in the Cayman Islands, where they were approximately 20 centimeters high.

This is a developing story.

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