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TSUNAMI WARNING LIFTED FOR BELIZE

As the Minister of National Emergency Management has reported on National Media, as of 11:00 PM, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has lifted the Tsunami Warning for the nation of Belize.

Of critical concern now is the state of our bridges in the aftermath of the earthquake. Before vehicles, particular buses and heavy trucks, cross any of our bridges, it is important that those structures are inspected by the Ministry of Works or Transport Department to ensure that they are structurally sound and safe.

Because earthquakes are unpredictable by nature, NEMO advises the public to remain vigilant throughout the night and into the morning, and to keep monitoring the radio and other media outlets for further information.

Remember that whenever the sea is receding in the wake of an earthquake, a tsunami is possible. In such circumstances, people along the coast are advised to move away from the sea, seek higher ground, or move to the second story of a building.

In the event of an earthquake, if you are outside when it strikes, stay outside; if you are inside, go under a sturdy structure or piece of furniture, or move to a corner of the building you are occupying; stay away from glass windows, turn off butane tanks and all gas valves.

ENDS

Earthquake strikes off Coast of Honduras –Tsunami Warning for Coast of Belize

NEMO advises the Belizean public that an Earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter Scale struck just off the Coast of Honduras near to Swan Island at 8:51 PM this evening.

Tsunami waves from the earthquake are possible. A Tsunami Watch is therefore in effect for the entire coastline of Belize from Toledo up to Corozal District, meaning that the threat to the people of the country is storm surge type waves which are likely to threaten property and life. Priority action for the citizens of Belize is for people on the coast to move up to a second story concrete building.

NEMO is in close communication with the Met Service, which is the Tsunami Focal Point for Belize. All NEMO Coordinators have been tasked to respond and notify the general public within their areas of responsibility to move away from the coastline and to observe if water along the coastline is retreating or receding back out to sea, which would be an indicator that a tsunami is likely to follow.

The expected time of a possible tsunami would be around 10:30 PM tonight according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

NEMO Coordinators are already notifying people on the Cayes to seek shelter in second story concrete buildings.

The Department of Transport is being asked to check all bridges, and to stop and control traffic in those areas. Everyone is advised to minimize movements in vehicles, especially across bridges.

ENDS