What to Know About the 7.6-magnitude Earthquake in the Caribbean
An earthquake that registered at 7.6 on the Richter scale struck the Caribbean Tuesday night off the coast of Honduras.
The earthquake was one of the strongest in recent history in the region, the Associated Press reported. Despite the strength of th earthquake, only minor damage has been reported so far, particularly in Honduras.
Tsunami warnings were issued for parts of the coast of Central America, as well as Puerto Rico, the Cayman Islands, Cuba, Jamaica, and other Caribbean islands, but no tsunami occurred.
In addition to Honduras, residents of Belize City and the Mexican state of Quintana Roo felt tremors, NBC reported.
The Caribbean is an active seismic zone, and the earthquake that ravaged Haiti in 2010 registered at a 7.0 on the Richter scale. More than a dozen earthquakes with a magnitude of 7.0 or higher took place in the region in the past 500 years, according to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. One quake in 1946 that registered at a whopping 8.1 resulted in the deaths of 1,600 people, according to Woods Hole.
The earthquake struck as the Caribbean region continues to rebuild following a powerful hurricane season. The situation in Puerto Rico has remained dire where many people are still lacking basic supplies and medicines they need to survive following a September 2017 hurricane.
Other islands in the Caribbean saw far less damage than Puerto Rico or survived the season relatively unscathed and are urging tourists to return to the region. Places like Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas were welcoming visitors back to their islands just weeks after the hurricane, and islands have urged travelers to check on the specifics of their destination before canceling a trip.