Powerful 7.6 Quake Hit Costa Rica, Tsunami Warning Issued
A very powerful earthquake hit in Costa Rica today, Wednesday, September 5, 2012. Buildings shook and power has been lost in many areas. A Tsunami Warning has been issued for the Pacific coastlines from Mexico to Chile.
Residents of San Jose said electricity poles were rattling along the streets of San Jose and water flowed out of pools during the quake.
The quake's epicenter was in western Costa Rica about 140 km (87 miles) from San Jose, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, and it was felt as far away as Managua, the capital of neighboring Nicaragua.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning for Pacific coastlines from Mexico to Chile.
The last major earthquake in Costa Rica was a 6.1 magnitude quake in 2009, which killed 40 people, according to the USGS.