Natural disaster of 7.6 magnitude strikes off Central America: USGS

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A major natural disaster, one of the most severe in the past 100 years, struck off the coast of Honduras late Tuesday night.

According to the U.S. Geological Service (USGS), the quake of magnitude 7.6 in the Richter scale shook the areas between Honduras and Cuba and unleash a tsunami alert that reaching as far as Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands.

"Based on the preliminary natural disaster parameters, hazardous tsunami waves are possible for coasts located within 1,000 kilometers of the quake epicenter", the US National Weather Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

The quake was.6 magnitude larger than the 7.0 natural disaster that devastated Haiti in 2010.

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez urged citizens to "stay calm, report emergencies and follow the instructions of authorities".

On Jan. 9, 2018, at 10 p.m. ET, one of the strongest earthquakes to hit the Caribbean off the coast of Honduras.

The U.S. Tsunami Center canceled the alert for the two Caribbean islands, as well as Jamaica, Cuba, the Cayman Islands, the coast of Mexico, Honduras, and Belize, saying the tsunami threat of waves up to three feet had passed.

In May 2009, a magnitude 7.3 quake occurred along the Swan Island transform fault approximately 300 km west of the January 9, 2018 event. There were no early reports of injuries or damage on the land.