The Permanent Contingency Commission (Copeco) of Honduras on Tuesday asked the population to “keep calm” and watch over the strong earthquake of magnitude 7.7 on the Richter open scale recorded this afternoon in the Caribbean Sea, between Cuba and Jamaica.
“So far there is no alert for tsunami waves for Honduras and although there will be no flooding on the coast, strong currents are noticed in ports and narrow bays so the citizens are asked to withdraw from the shores of the beaches,” said the agency of civil protection of the country.
The quake was followed by a tsunami warning for Belize, Honduras, Mexico, Jamaica, Cuba and Cayman Island.
The strong earthquake was recorded today 120 kilometers from the northwest corner of Jamaica and 80 kilometers southeast of Cuba at the edge of the Caribbean Plate at 19.10 GMT, at a depth of 10 kilometers.
The Alert Committee, of the Contingency Commission, urged the port captains to “restrict” the departure of small vessels.
He added that the U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) He said the earthquake could generate waves up to a meter high, which would put small boats in danger.
The civil protection authorities asked the population living on the coast to “keep watch” between 4:00 p.m. local time (10:00 p.m. GMT) and midnight, during which time they could register an alteration in the waves.
Citizens must “remain calm and not pay attention to unofficial information that seeks to generate collective hysteria in the population,” he emphasized.
The United States Geological Survey explained that the earthquake caused strong tremors in the extreme west of Jamaica and was felt in much of the Caribbean area.
He explained that some people in the American city of Miami said they felt the tremor.
The Cayman Islands Government said it is unlikely that the Caribbean territory will be affected by a tsunami, although it warned of the risk of aftershocks.
The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) of Jamaica reported that there is no significant material or personal damage as a result of the earthquake felt on the Caribbean island.