Caribbean natural disaster triggers tsunami alert

Caribbean natural disaster triggers tsunami alert

An natural disaster of 7.8 magnitude on Richter Scale struck off Honduras coast near Great Swan Island on Wednesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Tsunami warning centers said no tsunami waves had been confirmed but stress that people in Puerto Rico, other Caribbean islands and the coast of Central America should be alert to the danger of a possible tsunami.

The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake at a preliminary magnitude of 7.6.

Hazardous tsunami waves were reported possible for coasts within 1,000 kilometres of the quake epicentre - which includes coasts of Jamaica, Mexico, Honduras, Cuba, Belize, Costa Rica, CNBC reported.

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The quake hit at a depth of 10km, 44km east of Great Swan Island, Honduras.

It was also lightly felt in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, north of Honduras, according to Mexico's civil protection director.

Cuba, Mexico, Honduras, Belize and Jamaica meanwhile were issued "threat" warnings of waves between 0.3 to one meter (a foot to 3.3 feet) high.