Tsunami Threats Issued After 7.6 Magnitude Earthquake in Caribbean Sea

As the result of a major earthquake which registered as a 7.6 magnitude earthquake on the Richter scale in the Caribbean Sea, tsunami advisories have been issued for Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands; while tsunami threats have been issued for portions of Cuba, Mexico, Honduras, Belize and Jamaica.

Tsunami Threats Issued After 7.6 Magnitude Earthquake in Caribbean Sea

The earthquake occurred at 9:51 in the evening Eastern Standard Time earlier tonight, Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at a depth of approximately 21 miles under the Caribbean Sea greater than 27 miles east of Great Swan Island in Honduras, according to the United States Geological Survey.

This prompted the United States Tsunami Warning System of the National Weather Service to issue tsunami advisories for Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands; while tsunami threats have been issued for portions of Cuba, Mexico, Honduras, Belize and Jamaica.

Summary

Although no travel alerts have been issued at the time this article was written, this event could interrupt the itineraries of cruise ships and possibly close beaches of resort areas.

Hopefully, the tsunami advisories and threats will remain that and not result in an actual tsunami — otherwise, the earthquake thankfully occurred under water. An earthquake which registers with a magnitude of 7.6 on the Richter scale can potentially cause devastating damage if it occurred on land.

If you are planning to travel to Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, southern Cuba, eastern Mexico, northern and eastern Honduras, Belize and Jamaica, keep yourself updated with the latest information pertaining to travel to your destination — as well as from the hotel or resort property at which you plan to stay if it is located along the coasts of the affected areas — to ensure that any potential disruption in your travel itinerary is kept to a minimum.

Editor’s Note: As of 12:14 in the morning Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, all tsunami advisories and threats related to this earthquake have been canceled.

Source: The United States Geological Survey.

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