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Magnitude 7.3 OFFSHORE HONDURAS

Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 08:24:45 UTC

News Release

The following is a release by the United States Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center: An earthquake occurred 130 km (80 miles) NNE of La Ceiba, Honduras and 320 km (200 miles) NNE of TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras at 2:24 AM MDT, May 28, 2009 (3:24 AM EST in Honduras). The magnitude and location may be revised when additional data and further analysis results are available. There have been no reports of damage.

At least 7 people killed, 40 injured and more than 130 buildings damaged or destroyed in northern Honduras. The central span of a major bridge at El Progreso was destroyed. At least 5 buildings destroyed and 25 damaged in Belize. Felt in much of Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Also felt in the Bahamas, Cayman Islands and Virgin Islands and in parts of Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama. Seiches were reported in swimming pools at La Ceiba and Roatan and ground cracks and possible liquefaction was observed at Monkey River, Belize.

Preliminary Earthquake Report
U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center
World Data Center for Seismology, Denver


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