September 5th, 2012
01:17 PM ET

7.6-magnitude quake hits on Costa Rican coast

[Updated at 1:17 p.m. ET] A tsunami warning for Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama in the wake of a 7.6-magnitude earthquake in the region has been canceled, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said Wednesday.

[Updated at 11:35 a.m. ET]A tsunami warning issued after a 7.6-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Coast Rica on Wednesday remains in effect for Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Ewa Beach, Hawaii. The warning was canceled for other locations.

[Updated at 11:28 a.m. ET] The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Ewa Beach, Hawaii, has issued an expanding regional tsunami warning and watch for parts of the Pacific located closer to the 7.6-magnitude quake off Costa Rica. The center said Hawaii could be elevated to watch or warning status as new data comes in.

[Updated at 11:18 a.m. ET] A tsunami watch issued for the Caribbean after a 7.6-magnitude quake struck the coast of Costa Rica has been canceled. The watch was inadvertently sent by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, and meant for the Pacific.

[Updated at 11:14 a.m. ET] The U.S. Geological Survey has reduced the magnitude of an earthquake that struck off the coast of Costa Rica from 7.9 to 7.6.

[Posted at 10:55 a.m. ET] An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.9 struck off the coast of Costa Rica, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake was recorded on the Costa Rican coast, about 95 miles west of the capital, San Jose, and ran more than 28 miles deep.

A tsunami watch was in effect for much of the Caribbean, including along the coastlines of Brazil, Mexico, most countries in Central America and many islands.

"Earthquakes of this size have the potential to generate a widespread destructive tsunami that can affect coastlines across the Caribbean region," the U.S. government said.

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  1. Don S

    Tico Times reports no casualties so far.

    September 5, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Bob

    Has anyone heard any reports from Guanacaste? I have a friend from San Jose trying to reach his family there, but phones are down.

    September 5, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Alex

      I spoke to friends in Escazu and in Nuevo Arenal, they felt the quake but no damage to the house or anything like that.

      September 5, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Andrew

    Actually how it can be a tsunami if they got a huge coral reef barage sorrounding them ?

    September 5, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • bill

      Coral reefs won't do anything to stop a tsunami. The water will go right over them and miles onto land if big enough.

      September 5, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Manic Panic

    Yes. That must be it.

    September 5, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. PaleRider13

    2012 – Shake Rattle and Roll!

    September 5, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Elvis: "I'm all shook up..uh huh huh...yeah baby!"

    September 5, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Jim F.

    Exchanged email with a friend who lives at the beach near Nosara. He said it was a real shaker, Water sloshed out of their pool. But he hasn't heard of any real serious damage or injuries.

    News reports have only reported one death..it was from a heart attack.

    September 6, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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