Tsunami watch for Caribbean region countries cancelled
Tuesday, 12 January 2010 20:01

A tsunami watch instituted for sections of the Caribbean has been cancelled.

According to the United States based NOAA Pacific Tsunami Warning Center the warning was cancelled because based on the earthquake epicenter, it was believed that "destructive tsunami waves (were) near the earthquake epicenter but there is not a threat to coastal areas further away. Therefore the tsunami watch issued by this center is now cancelled."

A release from the Center further reported that "for any affected areas, when no major waves have occurred for at least two hours after the estimated arrival time or damaging waves have not occurred for at least two hours then local authorities can assume the threat is passed. Danger to boats and coastal structures can continue for several hours due to rapid currents."

The Center, however still warns that the all clear decision must be made by local authorities.