Message for U.S. Citizens: Tsunami Warning

The NOAA Pacific Tsunami Warning Center is reporting an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.6 occurred north of Honduras at 8:52pm Central time on Tuesday, January 9, 2018.  Based on all available data, hazardous tsunami waves are forecast for some coasts.  Tsunami waves reaching 0.3 to 1 meters above tide level are possible for some coasts of Belize.  Actual amplitudes may vary from the forecast.  Persons located in threatened coastal areas should stay alert for information and follow instructions from national and local authorities.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Belize Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please contact the American Citizens Services (ACS) Unit +501-822-4011 EXT 4201,, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +501-610-5030.  The U.S. Embassy in Belize is located at 4 Floral Park Road, Belmopan City, Belize.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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