Massive earthquake far out of the Honduras coast - Tsunami threat has been lifted - January 10, 2018

Update : The ultimate explanatory earthquake poster from this earthquake comes from geologist Dr. Jay Patton. Click on the image or on this link to be linked to his site. The poster contains lots of important scientific information and can be viewed in full format in his site

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Update : GDACS Tsunami data

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Update : Focal mechanism of this earthquake shows a strike slip movement
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Update : Tsunami threat has been lifted for the whole region
Max. tsunami height measured was only 0.6 ft or 19 cm.

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Update : Maximum shaking intensity is expected to be "Moderate"

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Update : Professor Max Wyss, who specializes in theoretical prognoses of injuries and fatalities expects : NO injuries and NO fatalities

Update : Shaking map for the surrounding countries

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Update : A Tsunami threat has been called for the Caribbean

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Update : Based on the present earthquake parameters (Magnitude, Depth, Population, etc) and our experience with earthquake damage impact, does not expect any serious damage from this earthquake as the epicenter is far out of the nearest coast or islands

Update : Preliminary shaking intensity for the region

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Barra Patuca, Honduras, 201.9 km (125.5 mi) Population: 2,758
Puerto Lempira, Honduras, 245.2 km (152.4 mi) Population: 4,856
George Town, Cayman Islands, 303.1 km (188.3 mi) Population: 29,370
West Bay, Cayman Islands, 305.7 km (190.0 mi) Population: 11,269
Bodden Town, Cayman Islands, 312.0 km (193.8 mi) Population: 10,34

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 7.5

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2018-01-10 02:51:31

Depth (Hypocenter) : 12 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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USGS Great Swan Island, Honduras Jan 10 07:10 4.3 10 MAP
EMSC North Of Honduras Jan 10 07:10 4.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON North Of Honduras Jan 10 07:10 4.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Great Swan Island, Honduras Jan 10 05:13 4.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC North Of Honduras Jan 10 05:13 4.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON North Of Honduras Jan 10 05:13 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Great Swan Island, Honduras Jan 10 04:57 4.5 10 MAP
  • cancun - My husband and I noticed mild shaking for 15-20 seconds while vacationing in Cancun on the 10th floor of a condo. not afraid since power stayed on.
  • EMSC North Of Honduras Jan 10 04:57 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON North Of Honduras Jan 10 04:57 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Great Swan Island, Honduras Jan 10 04:51 4.6 10 MAP
    EMSC North Of Honduras Jan 10 04:51 4.6 10 MAP
    GEOFON North Of Honduras Jan 10 04:51 4.6 10 MAP
    USGS Great Swan Island, Honduras Jan 10 04:12 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC North Of Honduras Jan 10 04:12 4.5 10 MAP
    GEOFON North Of Honduras Jan 10 04:12 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Great Swan Island, Honduras Jan 10 02:51 7.6 10 MAP
  • Grand bourg - Tres court portes des placards ont vibré
  • George town - 2 seconds. Barely noticed but then my wife, sitting across the room asked if I felt it. 2 minutes later a slightly larger shaking.
  • Roatan - At least 20 seconds
  • Cancun - Moderate shaking
  • San Pedro - slow from left to right growing to a shake. Only small after quakes
  • Punta Gorda - 8:45 Belize time, Jan 9, 2017. lasted about 40 seconds, looks like Mexico again
  • Isla mujeres - Vacationing in Isla Mujeres. Felt slight shaking for about 3 seconds.
  • Progreso - Very weak shaking
  • Cancun - 30 seconds. Couch was moving. Lighting was shaking. Waves in the pool.
  • Ladyville - About 10 damage
  • Spanish Lookout - Only felt it for about 10 seconds
  • Puerto morelis - Maybe 10 seconds
  • Cancun - In a hotel near Playa del carmen - felt my bed shake and the nightstand shook visibly.
  • Blue creek - Very weak shaking
  • Cancun - Couch shaking for about 30 secods.
  • Akumal - Moderate shaking
  • Ambergris Caye - Very weak shaking
  • Cancun - Very weak shaking
  • Cancun - Light shaking
  • Cancun - A minute. Bed shaking, door rattling, water in glasses moving
  • Roatan - I was laying in the couch and all of a sudden the house started to shake, it was shaking for a long period of time and very strong; there were no material damage and no deads... thank God!
  • Tegucigalpa - Light shaking
  • Playa del Carmen - It shook the bed for 15 seconds and then after that for 3 seconds pretty hard. I was in ANAH building 4th floor
  • Cancun - It was about 20 second. No damage noticed.
  • Belize City - The Television stand was shaking.I was sitting on my couch and I felt the entire house shaking. It lasted for atleast 10-15 seconds.
  • Caye Caulker - Luke 21:11 - We felt shaking twice. The first was 30 seconds and the second was about 10 seconds. We live on the third floor of a cement apartment building
  • Cancun - Light shaking
  • Cancun - Felt bed shaking
  • Cancun - The towels hanging in the bathroom were swaying
  • Tulum - Felt like a message bed
  • Stann Creek District - My husband & I was sitting on the verandah and we felt the house shaking. The huge palm trees in our yard were making a rustling noise and it was not breeze. My children ran out of their beds because they said their beds were shaking with them on it!
  • belize city - my mom said did u feel tht for hlf a min it shaked
  • Cancun - Hotel balcony shook gently back and forth for about 20 seconds. Definitely a quake (CA resident and have felt many).
  • Mango Creek,Independence - 15 seconds.the bed shook
  • Akumal (Tulum) - Double shaking. First longer and stronger than the second. Distance couple of minutes or so between the two events
  • Riviera Maya - Two brief shaking. First about 15 seconds-quite light. Second shaking 10 seconds but stronger. Very convincing. Laying on edge in unit on second floor of hotel.rc
  • belize city - thought was dizzy in shower, nearly fell shaking lasted 15 seconds
  • Cozumel - Two periods of shaking. First one last longer, second one was stronger. Plantation shutters rattled. I ran outside.
  • Tegucigalpa - Weak shaking
  • Chetumal - Moderate shaking
  • Puerto Aventuras - 20 seconds
  • Cancun - 20-30 seconds, bed shaking as if it was possessed!
  • Cancun - Light shaking
  • Tulum - Shaking lightly. Felt in bed. Windows were rattling.
  • Consejo - Thirty seconds of rumble noise and very light shake. No damage
  • Playa del Carmen - Halfway between weak and light
  • 7 mile beach - Shaking bed and wall hangings
  • Cancun - Bed was shaking and chandelier was swinging back and fourth. Also some waves in the pool
  • Cancun - bed shook and door rattled for about 20 seconds
  • Akumal - Light shaking
  • cozumel - felt like an explosion near by.
  • Belize city - Light shaking
  • Punta Allen - 2 tremors 20 seconds
  • Cancun - We were in the elevator , and it shook us vigorously. We all knew something was not right
  • Tegucigalpa - Weak shaking
  • Akumal - My daughter came Down to report that something under her bed was shaking. We went upstairs to check it out and felt the second trimmer. Closet door banging against the closet for about 15 seconds. Very exciting!
  • Cancun - Weak shaking
  • Belize City - Dining outside, on second floor of hotel, next to swimming pool. Felt like a truck crashed into building, but without the noise. Shaking lasted perhaps a minute. Water in pool moved slightly, causing very small waves. No visible damage. No bottles topppled at the bar.
  • San pedro town - Weak shaking
  • Cancun - 30 seconds. Beds and tv were moving. Felt like we were on a cruise ship.
  • Corozal town - Weak shaking
  • Cancun - Bed was shaking and dishes were rattling. I said to my fiancé that’s an earthquake!
  • Cancun - Total \"episode\" lasted about 10 seconds, with a 2 second \"break\" period in the middle when there was no shaking/vibration sensation happening. No property damage. Was eating at a very busy restaurant at main floor of multilevel hotel. Seemed that restaurant patrons/staff did not seem to notice or be disturbed by earthquake.
  • roatan - I was bed when I felt my bed started to rock back and forth. I look up and noticed the tabled and TV was lasted for 20 seconds
  • GEOFON North Of Honduras Jan 10 02:51 7.5 12 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Tulum - Light shaking
  • Cancun - Shaking lasted about 30 seconds.
  • Trial Farm - It lasted about 3 seconds, more like a gentle rolling back and forth causing the hanging lights to shake back and forth!
  • City - Moderate shaking
  • Cancun - Bed shaking lasted approx 15-20 sec
  • Belize City - Tremors lasted for a few seconds
  • Cancun - Light shaking
  • San Ignacio - Weak shaking
  • Chicxulub - Approx 3 secs no damage..3rd floor concrete building rattled window and shook
  • Tulum - Light shaking
  • Isla Mujers - Lasted about 5 seconds - sitting in chair and it moved a little and desk and shelves around me - head spun a bit.
  • Belize - Very weak shaking
  • Caye Caulker - Very weak shaking
  • Cancun - Light shaking
  • Hotel Maria el cid - 10 seconds
  • San Narciso - Shaking lasted for about 15 seconds
  • San Ignacio, Cayo - 2 waves one of 20 the other lighter for about 15 seconds
  • Merida - Very weak shaking
  • Near La Ceiba - At least 5 seconds the ground rumbled and vibrated everything.
  • San Pedro - 15 minutes ago I felt this earthquake. Lasted about 4 or 5 seconds here, I can see the windows shaking and water in the jug shaking, hanging lights swaying. Felt the shaking in my body while sitting down.
  • Corozal Town - 30 second of shaking.
  • belize progresso village - Last about 3 to 5 seconds took out my family by any means if it was going to be severe..
  • Chetumal - 3-55 no damage
  • Puerto Aventuras - Weak shaking
  • Bullet Tree, Cayo - Always a shaking of the earth causes panic no matter if it is slightly or strong. I shaked for at lest 5 seconds
  • Playa Mujeres - Felt several separate shakes; the first last several seconds and was moderately weak, the second was moderately strong and shook the building and furniture for 20-30 seconds.
  • Cancun - 10 seconds of shaking, no apparent damage just confusion and scared.
  • San Pedro - About 20 seconds, then another 10 seconds after 3 minutes. No damage, power lines shaking, water in cooler quite disturbed.
  • Cancun - A bit of light shaking for 20 or 30 seconds followed by 15 seconds of moderate shaking. Then followed by light shaking again.
  • Puerto morelos - Shaking of bed and rattling of windows. Lasted close to 20-30 seconds
  • El Zamorano - Lasted about 5-10 seconds. Doors moved and light cords swayed.
  • Cancun - Lasted about 30 seconds; door made odd noise; bed shook like it was possessed!
  • Playa del Carmen - In 5 story concrete apartment building. Sofa, where sitting, seemed to shift forward and back once. Wall appeared to shift a bit as seen from peripheral vision. Felt like a large truck had hit the building. Lasted only a few seconds.
  • Chunox - A few seconds of shaking felt on a concrete 1st floor porch, light fixtures swaying
  • Cancun - Out for dinner and saw light fixtures swaying back and forth.
  • Cancún - About 20 seconds of shaking
  • Cancun - In our hotel near Cancun, maybe 10 seconds of movement felt, chandelier was gently swaying.
  • Guaimaca - Chairs shaking for about 10 seconds
  • Cozumel - We come from Mexico City and have lived in Cozumel almost 40 years.During last year's earthquake in Mexico City, Oaxaca, etc. we felt it at home and the wind chimes confirmed it. I was at my computer and felt a jolt. Thought it could be a health issue due to stress, but the chimes were swinging. Many people felt it.
  • Cozumel - Bed felt like a vibrator but also the house felt slight vibration. Seemed like 10 seconds or more. Then again.
  • Progreso - At around 21h00, January 9, 2018 I felt the bed shaking for approximately 20-30 seconds
  • belmpoan - Moderate shaking
  • Roatan - Very light shaking at around 9 pm on Jan 9. Lasted about a minute or less
  • Cancun - We were on the 4th floor of a building and the room started to Shake for about one minute . No damage and no loss Of Electricity
  • Riviera maya - Ressenti le mardi soir vers 21h. Nous étions couchés et on a ressenti par 2 fois les vibrations d’environ 5 secondes chacune
  • Cancun - The couch we were on began to shake and knock against the wall aas though someone was shaking there leg against table where we had our feet rested. Chandelier swayed slightly. It seemed to last from between 10 and 15 seconds. We wondered if it was an earthquake. We have never experienced one before.
  • isla mujeres - Weak shaking
  • Tulum - First tremor lasted 10 secs and was a slow rumble. Then nothing and about 20seconds later a definite shaking that made the glass on the table rattle. It lasted about 20 seconds
  • Playa Del Carmen - On est dans un condo sur le bord de la mer, tout tremblait pendant 30 secondes. On se regardaient et on se posaient la question \"Qu\'est de qui se passe?\"
  • Caye caulker - 15 seconds shaking. Dogs sensed it prior to tremors and began barking in unison
  • belize city - woke up to the ground shaking, lasted about 20 or so seconds.




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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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