A massive 7.6 magnitude earthquake shook the Caribbean Sea last night (January 9) resulting in brief tsunami warnings throughout the Caribbean and Central America.

The warnings have since been cancelled.

The earthquake struck off the coast of Honduras  and reportedly rattled the mainland.

The quake occurred west of Jamaica at a depth of just 6.2 miles (10 km) and according to the National Tsunami Warning Center (NTWC), hazardous tsunami waves were possible within 621 miles (1,000 km) of the quake’s epicenter. 

There have been no reports of casualties or serious damage on land since the quake.

After the tsunami warning was issued, Prime Minister Andrew Holness tweeted “Current models suggest no imminent threat to Jamaica. Updates will continue –

In a subsequent tweet, he said “Jamaica is officially not under threat from a Tsunami.”

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A massive 7.6 magnitude earthquake shook the Caribbean Sea last night (January 9) resulting in brief tsunami warnings throughout the Caribbean and Central America. The warnings have since been cancelled. The earthquake struck off the coast of Honduras  and reportedly rattled the mainland. The quake occurred west of Jamaica at a depth of just 6.2...

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