Honduras - Major earthquake

10 Jan 2018

A magnitude-7.8 earthquake occurred in the western Caribbean Sea close to Great Swan Island, Honduras, at 20:51 CST on January 9. Significant damage is likely on islands close to the epicenter. Moderate to strong aftershocks are also likely.

The event has not prompted a region-wide tsunami warning, although minor sea level fluctuations are possible in coastal areas close to the epicenter. 

A region-wide tsunami advisory has been issued for the Caribbean Basin, including the Caribbean coasts of Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Panama. If a tsunami occurred, the first sea level changes could occur in the Cayman Island and Jamaica before 22:30 EST.

Further assistance

If you require emergency assistance while travelling, please contact Chubb Insurance Assistance. The contact details are listed below:

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Chubb Assistance phone +61 2 8907 5995 and quote UQ policy number 01PP529201. Reverse phone charge is available.

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