Honduras Atlantic coast shaken by 4.3 Earthquake

On Friday night August 17th at 8:50 PM a 4.3 (Richter scale) earthquake was reported by COPECO the emergency response team in Honduras. The earthquake was centered 278 kilometers east of Tela on the Atlantic coast and was felt by residents throughout the entire Atlantic coast from the eastern border with Nicaragua to as far away as villages near Tela. Residents of the Bay Islands of Guanaja and Roatan were especially alarmed as over the past few weeks there have been various tremors felt in the region.
Honduras Eastern Atlantic Coast Map
Copeco announced that there have been no reports of injuries or damage caused by the earthquake however they have informed all Honduras News Papers and Radio and TV stations to inform citizens that they have a seismograph located in Santa Fe, Colon just outside of Trujillo to assist in monitoring of the Atlantic coast activities; as well as due to the recent increased “shaking” activity in the region a portable seismograph was taken to Fraternidad, Department of Ocotepeque in order to closely monitor the “Jocatan” fault that begins in Guatemala and continues through to the eastern region of the country.
Experts have pointed out that “Rio Blanco, Jocomico and El Playón, present alignments, scarps and deep gullies, indicative of failures, where several creeks that contribute to the instability of the area lead.”

The National Autonomous University of Honduras reported that the physics department will work along with COPECO in order to study the phenomena and properly inform the public.

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