Thursday, May 28, 2009

Strong Earthquake Jolts Hon., Belize, Guat.


UPDATE: Tsunami Watch has been lifted for Belize, according to NEMO.

Magnitude-7.1 Quake Hits Near Honduras; Tsunami Warning Issued
A tsunami watch is in place after a powerful earthquake of 7.1 magnitude struck northeast of Roatan in Honduras early at around 2:24 am, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The quake that hit 39 miles (64 km) northeast of Roatan, Islas de la Bahia, had a shallow depth of 6.2 miles (10 km).
The tsunami watch was in effect for Honduras and Belize, Guatemala, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said, but the Center claimed that, based on historical data, they did not believe a widespread and destructive tsunami would form. The quake was originally reported to have a 7.4 magnitude. A second earthquake measuring 4.7 was reported offshore Chiapas, Mexico earlier during the night at around 6p.m on Wednesday, May 27.

Here in Belize, people rushed from their homes as glasses and framed pictures crashed off of shelves. At least five wooden houses on stilts collapsed in three towns and a water tower toppled in the town of Independence, local officials said. Electricity was out all the way to the Mexican border.


1 comment:

Sonny said...

I'm going to San Pedro in 10 days. Sounds like Belize missed the worst of the quake.