'Violent' Quake Rocks Caribbean, Prompting Tsunami Warnings for US Territories

'Violent' Quake Rocks Caribbean, Prompting Tsunami Warnings for US Territories

A powerful 7.6 magnitude quake struck in the Caribbean late Tuesday night, one of the largest to strike the region in recorded history.

The natural disaster was also felt in neighbouring Guatemala, Costa Rica and El Salvador, as well as the Mexican state of Quintana Roo.

Tremors from the late-night quake were clearly felt in Chetumal and other areas around southern Quintana Roo including Bacalar.

One person said, "It felt like a bulldozer was driving past".

He ran to his balcony and saw electricity posts and cables swaying. Its epicenter was located about 202 kilometres north-northeast of Barra Patuca, Honduras, and 303 kilometres southwest of George Town, Cayman Islands.

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Despite the strength of the natural disaster and several aftershocks, no major damage was reported from the event.

The quake was very shallow, at only 6.2 miles (10 km), which would have amplified its effect.

"Based on all availale data, there is a tsunami threat to Puerto Ric and the Virgin Islands of sea level fluctuations and strong ocean curents that could be a hazard alon the coasts, beaches, in harbours and in coastal water", the advisory said.

Belize's minister in charge of emergency management, Edmond Castro, spoke on local radio to urge people living in low lying coastal areas and islands to stay alert for potentially risky waves.

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