[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.FULL STORY