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Property damaged by freak waves

The Honduran government said unusually high waves almost 2.4m tall have destroyed more than a dozen food stalls and homes and a lot of palm trees on the country’s Pacific Coast.

Honduras’ Permanent Contingency Commission said no one was injured in the inundation.

The waves washed nearly 60m inland in a tourist zone about 150km south of Tegucigalpa.

The Commission said the waves were caused by the gravity of the moon, whose elliptical orbit last week reached its closest point to Earth since 1993. The phenomenon can cause abnormally high tides.

The Commission is urging 20,000 people in 30 Honduran communities to take precautions and stay away from the beaches.

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