5.3-magnitude quake rocks Honduras

October 18, 2009 10:17 pm 

TEGUCIGALPA, Oct. 19 — Honduras' Caribbean coast was struck by an earthquake measuring 5.3 degrees on the Richter scale on Sunday, but there were no reports of injury or property damage.

The quake took place offshore, one kilometer deep into the earth's crust, and 36 km west of northern Honduras port Puerto Cortes, said William Betancourt, from Honduras' Permanent Contingency Commission.

He added that Nicaragua's Seismology Institute had reported the event as taking place at 10:19 a.m. local time Sunday.

Seven people died in a May 28 quake on Honduras' Caribbean coast, which registered 7.1 degrees on the Richter scale, destroyed 1,300 homes and damaged 9,458 others. Losses have been put at 100 million dollars. (PNA/Xinhua)

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