Honduras quake prompts tsunami alert

May 28th, 2009 - 4:59 pm ICT by John Le Fevre  

Honduras quake map A tsunami warning for countries within and bordering the Caribbean Sea was issued this morning by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) following a strong offshore earthquake 130 km (80 miles) northeast of La Ceiba, Honduras.

The magnitude 7.1 quake occurred at 3.24am local time at a depth of only 10km (6.2miles) and was felt in Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Southern Mexico.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS), said it expected no major damage from the powerful quake, but local radio reported the quake was felt very strongly in La Ceiba.

The PTWC said it did not expect the quake to generate a destructive widespread tsunami based on historical earthquake and tsunami data for the region, however, there was the possibility of a local tsunami threat.

Guatemala radio and the country’s fire department reported no damage from the quake, which was followed shortly after by a magnitude 4.7 after-shock.

Local media in Honuras report building damage and a major fire following the quake.

A tsunami watch remains in effect.

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