Tsunami fears after 7.6 magnitude earthquake shakes Caribbean
A powerful earthquake shook central America, but is not believed to have caused any major damage.
The 7.6 magnitude quake hit Honduras and was felt in Mexico and Belize, but the region appears to have escaped with minimal impact.
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People have been warned to stay alert for signs of a tsunami, after the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning.
The organisation said waves up to a metre over tide level could hit Honduras, Belize and Puerto Rico along with the US and British Virgin Islands.
However, the tsunami threat was withdrawn about two hours after the quake.
Rodrigo Anaya Rodriguez, who felt the shake as he was lying in a hammock in Mexico, said: ‘It felt like a bulldozer was driving past. It didn’t last long but was very violent.’
Electricity posts and cables were seen swaying, but the tremors did not last long enough to bring them down.
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Firefighters in Honduras said some residents fled their homes when the shaking began.
Lizandro Rosales, director of Honduras’ contingencies commission, said: ‘We have reports that it was felt in the majority of the country, but we don’t have reports of damage.’
Meanwhile, Belize’s minister in charge of emergency management, Edmond Castro, spoke on local radio to urge people living in low lying coastal areas and islands to stay alert for potentially dangerous waves.