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Honduras Earthquake Kills 4

A strong earthquake struck off the Honduran coast early Thursday, killing at least four people in Honduras and sending residents fleeing into the streets across parts of Central America.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the 7.1 magnitude quake struck about 64 kilometers northeast of the Honduran island resort of Roatan.

The agency said the earthquake was at a depth of just 10 kilometers and centered about 130 kilometers north of the coastal city of La Ceiba.

Authorities said the dead included a 15-year-old boy who was killed when a home collapsed in La Lima, Honduras. The quake caused damage to buildings in a number of towns.

The Pacific Tsunami Center issued a tsunami watch for Honduras, Belize and Guatemala. But it canceled the alert after no damaging waves occurred within two hours after the quake.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.