Just after 3:00 today, Belizeans took to social media to announce that they felt a tremor. That's after a 5.0 magnitude earthquake hit San Pedro Sula in Honduras. So far there are no reports of any infrastructural damage in Belize - though PG residents say they felt quite a shake. The earthquake hit the epicenter of San Pedro Sula, and was felt in Correderos and Puerto Barrios.

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5.0 Earthquake felt in San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Honduras was shaken near San Pedro Sula, Departamento de CortÚs, by an earthquake of magnitude 5.0 at about 4pm Wednesday, the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) reported.

The quake hit at a shallow depth of 10 km beneath the epicenter near San Pedro Sula, Departamento de CortÚs, Honduras, early afternoon on Wednesday 25 August 2021 at 3:04 pm local time. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.

A second report was later issued by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), which listed it as a magnitude 5.0 earthquake as well.

Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake was probably felt by many people in the area of the epicenter. It should not have caused significant damage, other than objects falling from shelves, broken windows, etc.

In Correderos (pop. 1,200) located 12 km from the epicenter, and Puerto Barrios (pop. 56,600) 26 km away, the quake should have been felt as light shaking.

Weak shaking might have been felt in Cofradia (pop. 20,400) located 39 km from the epicenter, San Pedro Sula (pop. 489,500) 50 km away, Choloma (pop. 139,100) 58 km away, La Lima (pop. 46,000) 62 km away, Puerto Cortez (pop. 48,000) 69 km away, and El Progreso (pop. 100,800) 75 km away.

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