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High Valley's Brad Rempel Was in Cancun When Honduras Earthquake Hit

11 January 2018, 03:20 | Darnell Patrick

A beach in the Caribbean

A beach in the Caribbean

"Amazing trip to #Cancun ended last night with our condo shaking like insane as a result of an quake off the coast of Honduras".

On Jan. 9, 2018, at 10 p.m. ET, one of the strongest earthquakes to hit the Caribbean off the coast of Honduras.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the USA issued the warning for Jamaica, also placing Cuba, Mexico, Honduras and Belize on alert.

There are no early reports of damage on land, but the U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center warns of tsunami dangers in Puerto Rico, Jamaica, other islands and the coast of Central America. The tremor struck in the sea about 125 miles (202 kilometers) north-northeast of Barra Patuca, Honduras, and 188 miles (303 kilometers) southwest of George Town, Cayman Islands.

Waves may reach up to 3.2 feet above tide heights.

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A tsunami advisory signals a threat to those in or near water, as strong currents and waves could be risky.

Meanwhile, the country's emergency services placed three of the country's departments on a 12-hour tsunami alert: Gracias a Dios, Colon Atlantida and Islas de la Bahia.

The quake was very shallow, at only 6.2 miles (10 km), which would have amplified its effect.

In 2010, Haiti was hit by a devastating 7.0-magnitude quake, leading to over 200,000 deaths.

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