Major Earthquake Causes Chaos Across Central America

A powerful earthquake off the coast of Honduras destroyed more than two dozen homes early Thursday, killing a teenage boy and injuring countless others. Reynaldo Funez, 15, was buried in his house in Pineda de la Lima, north of the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa, National Fire Chief Col. Carlos Cordero told the BBC.

A major bridge that spans the country's largest river, the Ulua, also collapsed in the town of El Progreso, Cordero said. The bridge is one of two connecting the northern city of San Pedro Sula, Honduras' second-largest, with the rest of the country. According to the US Geological Survey the 7.1 magnitude quake struck at 3:24 am, local time, at a relatively shallow depth of 10km (six miles) and caused some serious damage.

The quake was so strong that tremors were felt in dozens of cities across the region and as far north as Cancun, Mexico. A tsunami watch was put in place for Guatemala, Belize and Honduras but was lifted after the danger passed.