UPDATED: Parts of Caribbean under a Tsunami Warning. Tsunami advisories issued for Puerto Rico, US and British Virgin Islands
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UPDATED: Parts of Caribbean under a Tsunami Warning. Tsunami advisories issued for Puerto Rico, US and British Virgin Islands

CARIBBEAN – (UPDATED) The U.S. National Weather Service Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii, in its latest Tsunami Threat Message at 12.50am on Wednesday, said, “there is no longer a tsunami threat from this earthquake.”  The earthquake referred to, is a 7.6 north of Honduras in the Western Caribbean Sea that took place late Tuesday night.

CARIBBEAN – (UPDATE) The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported in a tsunami threat message at 12.15am that “tsunami waves have been observed.”  The two locations where the aforementioned were observed are Carrie Bow Cay BH of 01. feet, and George Town, Cayman Islands of 0.6 feet.

The Cayman Islands national emergency agency Hazard Management, reported Tuesday night that the tsunami threat for Cayman is considered very low.

“Cayman is listed as vulnerable to possible 1 to 3 foot tsunami waves however only a small sea level rise was registered (20 cm) at the tsunami gauge at the port in George Town - as a precaution residents should stay off beaches.

“Tsunamis are a series of waves, and while the threat is very small, persons should continue to exercise caution.”

CARIBBEAN - A Tsunami Warning is in effect for the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, the Yucatan Peninsula, Honduras, Cuba, Belize, San Andres Providence, Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua and Guatemala, according to Crown Weather Services. 

An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.6 was measured in the Western Caribbean Sea North of Honduras at a depth of 10 kilometers at 10.51pm on Tuesday night.  The earthquake was 187.9 miles South-west of the Cayman Islands.

“Tsunami waves may begin impacting the Cayman Islands and Jamaica between 10:30 and 11 pm Eastern Time and spread to Belize by 11:30 pm Eastern Time. 

“Central America and Cuba may be impacted by tsunami waves between 1:30 am and 5 am Eastern Time. 

“In addition to this, a Tsunami Advisory is in effect for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands with the tsunami waves forecast to arrive at the following times: Puerto Rico between 1.24am to 2.28am; U.S. Virgin Islands, between 1.50am and 2.40am; British Virgin Islands 1.57am to 2.36am.

“Recommended actions by everyone across the Caribbean: 

  * PERSONS LOCATED IN OR NEAR THE OCEAN SHOULD MOVE OUT OF THE

    WATER... OFF THE BEACH AND AWAY FROM HARBORS... MARINAS...

    BAYS AND INLETS.

  * DO NOT GO TO THE SHORE TO OBSERVE THE TSUNAMI.

  * DO NOT RETURN TO EVACUATED AREAS UNTIL THE ALL CLEAR IS GIVEN

    BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES.

  * BE ALERT TO AND FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS FROM LOCAL EMERGENCY

    MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS BECAUSE THEY MAY HAVE MORE DETAILED OR

    SPECIFIC INFORMATION FOR YOUR LOCATION.

  * BOATERS - WHERE TIME AND CONDITIONS PERMIT... MOVE YOUR BOAT

    OUT TO SEA TO A DEPTH OF AT LEAST 450 FEET.

  * BOATERS - IF AT SEA... AVOID ENTERING SHALLOW WATER...

    HARBORS... MARINAS... BAYS AND INLETS TO AVOID FLOATING AND

    SUBMERGED DEBRIS AND STRONG CURRENTS.

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