An earthquake magnitude 7.6 occurred near the coast of Honduras, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said Wednesday.
The authorities of Honduras declared late on Tuesday a 12-hour tsunami alert in part of the country. The tsunami alert was declared for 12 hours from 10 p.m. local time Tuesday (04:00 GMT Wednesday) in the departments of Gracias a Dios, Colon, Atlantida and Islas de la Bahia, the country’s Standing Commission for Risks said.
Underground shocks were recorded at 02.51 GMT. The epicenter was located in 201.9 kilometers (125.5 miles) north-east of Barra Patuca in Honduras. The depth of the earthquake was 10 kilometers.
USGS initially reported a magnitude of 7.8, but revised it to 7.6 few minutes later.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reported that tsunami waves reaching 0,3-1 metres above tide are possible after the earthquake. There has been no information on victims or damage caused by the earthquake.
The emergency response system was put into operation in Honduras after the earthquake, the country’s President Juan Orlando Hernandez said.