Tsunami alert for Puerto Rico after 7.6-magnitude earthquake in Caribbean

Warning center recommends action to be taken in disaster-hit British and US Virgin Islands too after powerful quake

A tsunami alert has been issued for Puerto Rico and the US and British Virgin Islands after a 7.6 -magnitude earthquake struck in a region still reeling from two hurricanes.

The US Tsunami Warning Center said waves up to a metre above tidal levels is achievable in the hours after the quake struck north of Honduras at 10.52 pm local hour on Tuesday. The earthquake was very shallow, at merely 6.2 miles( 10 km ).

The center afterward said preliminary forecasts indicated no tsunami threat for Puerto Rico and the Virgin islands but were awaiting more information.

Resident were still advised to take immediate action to protect human life and property.

The US Geological Survey said the epicentre was 125 miles( 202 km) north-east of Barra Patuca in Honduras and 191 miles( 307 km) south-west of George Town in the Cayman Islands.

NWS San Juan (@ NWSSanJuan)

11: 22 pm Recommended actions: persons located in/ near the ocean should move out of the waters, off the beach and away from the harbor.

Acciones recomendadas: personas cerca o en el agua deben alejarse de las aguas, fuera de las playas y alejados de los puertos.

January 10, 2018

The quake rattled windows in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa approximately 323 miles( 519 km) to the east, but no damage was immediately reported.

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