Strong 7.6 quake hits near Honduras

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

A magnitude 7.6 quake struck in the Caribbean Sea between the coast of Honduras and the Cayman Islands on Tuesday night, shaking the mainland and causing officials to briefly post advisories warning of the threat of possible tsunami surges around the region.

The natural disaster, which struck about 125 miles north of Honduras shook the mainland, but there were no early reports of serious damage or casualties.

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After the quake, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued an advisory, warning areas like Jamaica, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands of a potential tsunami.

No tsunami warning was immediately issued.

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

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The tsunami warning were in effect for two hours and then the advisories were withdrawn.

A tsunami warning has been issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

Rempel reported himself safe on Wednesday (Jan. 10), revealing that he was staying in Cancun when the natural disaster occurred and could still feel the effects, even though he was just over 400 miles away from Honduras.

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The reports that the 7.6 magnitude makes this one of the most powerful earthquakes to hit the Caribbean in modern day history. It was initially recorded as a 7.8 magnitude, but then downgraded to 7.6 by USGS.