Honduras earthquake recorded at 7.1

May 29th, 2009 - 12:03 am ICT by GD  

Honduras quake map A massive earthquake struck the island nation of Honduras in the morning today. According to seismologists, the quake was measured at 7.1 on the Richter scale. The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed this report and also informed the media that a team of tsunami experts is already prepared for action on the location and they are looking into the situation very carefully. There is a possibility of a tsunami-like natural disaster resulting out of this massive earthquake. The epicenter of this earthquake is said to be 64 kilometers north east of Roatan, at a place called Islas de la Bahia. The depth of this earthquake was 10 kilometers, which is considered to be shallow and thus dangerous. However, there is no news of casualty as yet from the government agencies working there. The exact time of the earthquake is calculated to be 2:24 a.m. local time.

For the records, Roatan is a famous tourist spot and is populated heavily with domestic and foreign travelers. The place is famous for its coral reef, which is second largest in the world. Nature experts believe that if the area is affected by a tsunami, the reef would be heavily damaged. However, historically, this part of the Caribbean Sea is not prone to tsunamis and devastating tidal waves.

One of the eye witnesses revealed that it “was frightening” to feel “the car rock” and “hear little bits of debris from the building next door hitting the roof.” Many high rises and churches have been damaged and there is an unconfirmed report of a death of a 15 year boy in La Lima.

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