Earthquake Hits Costa Rica, Tsunami Warning Issued For Pacific

Costa Rica has been hit with a powerful 7.6-magnitude earthquake on Wednesday, shaking buildings and knocking out power in some areas of the capital city of San Jose.

The Costa Rica earthquake has also caused a tsunami warning to be issued for the Pacific coastline, from Mexico to Chile, Reuters reported.The quake was so strong that it was felt all the way in Managua, the capital of neighboring Nicaragua.

San Jose residents said they saw electricity poles rattling in the streets, and during the earthquake water was actually flowing out of pools, the report said. The epicenter of the earthquake was about 87 miles from San Jose in western Costa Rica, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The Costa Rica earthquake struck at 8:42 am, The Associated Press reported.

There was chaos in the aftermath of the quake, the report said.

“Everybody is crying a lot and the telephone lines are saturated,” said Diana Salas, a worker at the Hotel Punta Islita in the Guanacaste area told The Associated Press. She added that there didn’t appear to be damage where she was calling from.

Another 7.6 magnitude earthquake hit earlier this week, striking off the coast of the Philippines. A tsunami warning was also issued for that earthquake as well, and its was felt far beyond its epicenter.

There were no immediate accounts of deaths or injuries from the Costa Rica earthquake, but The Associated Press noted that communications are down in the country. The earthquake, which took place at a depth of 12.4 miles, was originally estimated at a 7.9 before being revised down to a 7.6.