The Caribbean Dodged a Tsunami After Tuesday’s Earthquake

Jan 10, 2018

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The entire Caribbean is no longer under threat of a tsunami the day after a 7.6-magnitude earthquake east of Honduras.

Puerto Rico, Honduras, Cuba, the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, parts of Mexico and other areas in the Caribbean had been warned that they might see waters rise one to three feet above tide level after the quake, which struck around 10:00pm EST Tuesday. The surges didn’t appear, and the warning was eventually canceled for the region by Wednesday morning.

“The tsunami threat from the earthquake has passed, and there is no further threat,” the Pacific Tsunami Watch Center reported just before midnight in what it called its final statement on the event.

Two hours earlier, the National Weather Service had issued a statement saying that no tsunami was expected to hit the US Atlantic or Gulf coasts.

The Caribbean has slowly been recovering from the two-fisted blows of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria, with parts still struggling with basic necessities while also trying to attract back much-needed tourist dollars.

No major airlines are offering waivers because of the earthquake or tsunami warning.

Map via National Weather Service

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