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Tsunami advisory cancelled for BVI

An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.6 hit near Honduras yesterday and placed the BVI under a tsunami advisory.

The tsunami advisory issued for the British Virgin Islands has been cancelled.

The advisory on the BVI was issued late Tuesday evening after an earthquake measuring a magnitude of 7.6 occurred north of Honduras.

According to the Puerto Rico Seismic Network, the epicentre was located at latitude 17.5 North and longitude 83.6 West, which is approximately 1,447 miles west of Road Town, Tortola.

The earthquake had a depth of 20 miles.

The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) said a tsunami advisory means that sea level is expected to repeatedly rise and fall by as much as one foot (0.3 meters) to 3.3 feet (1 meter) above and below the tide level in cycles that may take from five minutes to an hour.

The DDM said these sea level changes will be accompanied by dangerously strong and unusual near-shore ocean currents and minor flooding of harbours and beaches.

This level of tsunami impact is a hazard to swimmers, surfers, divers, and others engaging in coastal ocean recreation or work activities. It is also a hazard to persons and boats in harbours, the DDM added.

The DDM further said in a release that if an earthquake poses only a potential tsunami threat to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, a tsunami advisory will be issued.

The Puerto Rico Seismic Network is the entity responsible for issuing such advisories for the British Virgin Islands.


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  1. Authur says:

    Has our emergency alarms been replaced since the hurricanes? I don’t hear them testing anymore. If they haven’t been replaced/repaired, I would like to kindly ask the government bodies responsible why human life isn’t a priority…

  2. Look chubble says:

    I was not playin I was up till early mornin……I ain’t getting catch with my pants down like….how Irma catch me

  3. hmm says:

    I had to call my family around 12am and let them know of the warning. This is so not right, what means does DDM have since the phones are not working, we don’t have cable and they sure don’t have sirens. My Govt. I did not even receive a text on my phone. This is shameful, we would have had another catastrophe if it would have hit us. Again poor planning.

    • Concern says:

      So true, as always, our government is reactive not proactive – so wait for it, now they will work on sirens or set up a back up for emergency notifications.

    • Anonymous says:

      Agree very poor planning. These people on this Island act as if they have everything in order but they are so not ready.

  4. Yeah says:

    So said. Thank God for his mercies.

  5. GOd Is Good says:

    All we have to do is Thank God for spearing us cause he know we cannot take another disaster right now.

  6. Interested says:

    Praise The Lordfor His mercies. I am hospitalized and did not hear a word about it until the middle of yesterday.
    What are the current plans for hospital patients?

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