2018 Swan Islands earthquake

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2018 Swan Islands earthquake
2018 Swan Islands earthquake is located in Central America
2018 Swan Islands earthquake
UTC time2018-01-10 02:51:33
ISC event611634051
Local dateJanuary 9, 2018 (2018-01-09)
Local time08:51:31 PM CST
Magnitude7.5 Mww
Depth19.0 km (11.8 mi)
Epicenter17°28′08″N 83°31′12″W / 17.469°N 83.520°W / 17.469; -83.520Coordinates: 17°28′08″N 83°31′12″W / 17.469°N 83.520°W / 17.469; -83.520
Areas affectedHonduras
Cayman Islands
Max. intensityV (Moderate)
Shakemap of the earthquake

On 9 January 2018, at approximately 8:51 p.m. local time (02:51 10 January UTC), a magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck in the Yucatán Basin of the Caribbean Sea, 44 kilometres (27 mi) east of Great Swan Island off the coast of Honduras.[1] The earthquake was felt across Central America, and rattled windows in Tegucigalpa. [2] The earthquake was also felt in the Cayman Islands. [3]

Tsunami advisories were issued for certain areas by the U.S. Tsunami Warning Center. They were later cancelled after further monitoring.[4] No tsunami was generated since the earthquake was an almost pure strike-slip on a near vertical plane, producing little upward movement of the sea floor that would cause a large displacement of water.[5]


The earthquake occurred at a depth of around 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) on a transform fault zone known as the Swan Islands Transform Fault in the Cayman Trough, where it forms part of the boundary between the North American Plate and the Caribbean Plate.[1] The area just to the west also produced a large earthquake in 2009 that measured 7.3 on the moment magnitude scale.[6]

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  1. ^ a b "M 7.5 – 44km E of Great Swan Island, Honduras". United States Geological Survey. 9 January 2018. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  2. ^ Palencia, Gustavo (9 January 2018). "Strong quake in Caribbean Sea shakes Honduras, Mexico and Belize, no tsunami". Reuters. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Earthquake sparks tsunami scare". 11 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Magnitude 7.6 quake hits in Caribbean north of Honduras". Associated Press. 9 January 2018. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  5. ^ [1]. "2018 Swan Islands earthquake tsunami". Stack Exchange Network. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  6. ^ Graham, Shannon E.; Demets, Charles; Deshon, Heather R.; Rogers, Robert; Maradiaga, Manuel Rodriguez; Strauch, Wilfried; Wiese, Klaus; Hernandez, Douglas (2012). "GPS and seismic constraints on the M = 7.3 2009 Swan Islands earthquake: Implications for stress changes along the Motagua fault and other nearby faults". Geophysical Journal International. 190 (3): 1625–1639. Bibcode:2012GeoJI.190.1625G. doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2012.05560.x.

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