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7.6 Earthquake - Costa Rica Robert please check in

 
 
Reply Wed 5 Sep, 2012 09:47 am
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7.6 Mww - COSTA RICA

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 7.6 Mww
Date-Time
5 Sep 2012 14:42:10 UTC
5 Sep 2012 08:42:10 near epicenter
5 Sep 2012 08:42:10 standard time in your timezone
Location 10.120N 85.347W
Depth 40 km
Distances
60 km (38 miles) SSE (167 degrees) of Liberia, Costa Rica
127 km (79 miles) SSW (209 degrees) of San Carlos, Nicaragua
141 km (88 miles) W (276 degrees) of SAN JOSE, Costa Rica

Powerful quake hits Costa Rica, tsunami warning issued
11:42am EDT
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) - A powerful 7.6-magnitude earthquake rocked Costa Rica on Wednesday, rattling buildings and cutting power in some areas of the capital.

Residents of San Jose said phones went down, electricity poles rattled and water flowed out of pools during the quake.

"It was terrible. I was on the third floor, I had never felt anything like it," said Stephanie Gonzalez, a 25-year-old masters student.

The quake's epicenter was in western Costa Rica about 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.

"It was very strong, everyone is getting out because of the tsunami alert," said a worker at the Samara Tree House Inn on Costa Rica's Pacific coast.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning for Pacific coastlines of Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama. It had earlier warned of tsunamis for as far away as Mexico and Chile.

It was the biggest earthquake in Costa Rica since a 7.6 quake in 1991 left 47 dead. More recently, 40 died in a 6.1 magnitude quake in January 2009.

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Reply Wed 5 Sep, 2012 10:04 am
@Butrflynet,
I got a tweet from him. He's apparently on the other coast and is fine. I also heard from another Costa Rican A2Ker (I've forgotten his userid but I think it might be thegalacticemperor) and he's okay even though he was on the side with the quake.
Butrflynet
 
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Reply Wed 5 Sep, 2012 10:43 am
@jespah,
Thank you.
Butrflynet
 
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Reply Wed 5 Sep, 2012 10:56 am
@Butrflynet,
Costa Rica president says no deaths reported yet after quake
12:49pm EDT
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Costa Rica President Laura Chinchilla said on her official Twitter account that there are no reports of loss of life so far after a powerful 7.6 magnitude quake hit the country on Wednesday.


No casualties reported after Costa Rica quake so far: Red Cross
11:53am EDT
COSTA RICA (Reuters) - No casualties have been reported so far after a major earthquake hit Costa Rica on Wednesday, a spokesperson for the Red Cross said.
The 7.6-magnitude earthquake rattled buildings and cut power in some areas of the capital.


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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Wed 5 Sep, 2012 01:34 pm
Powerful quake hits Costa Rica, two dead

2:21pm EDT
By Isabella Cota
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake rocked Costa Rica on Wednesday, causing the deaths of at least two people, damaging buildings, and briefly triggering a tsunami warning.

Residents of the capital San Jose said phones went down, electricity poles rattled on the streets and water flowed out of pools after the 7.6-magnitude quake. The were also unconfirmed media reports of people being treated for injuries.

A spokesman for the local Red Cross said two people died during the earthquake, one from a heart attack. He was not immediately able to confirm media reports the other person had been crushed under a collapsing wall.

Locals were shocked by the force of the quake, the biggest to hit Costa Rica since a 7.6 magnitude quake in 1991 left 47 dead.
"I was inside my car at a stop sign and all the sudden everything started shaking. I thought the street was going to break in two," said Erich Johanning, a 30-year-old who works in Internet marketing in San Jose. "Immediately I saw dozens of people running out of their homes and office buildings."

President Laura Chinchilla said there had not been reports of serious damage to buildings, although some hotels on the western Pacific coast had been hit, locals said.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center initially issued a warning for Pacific coastlines of Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama, but this was later canceled. The center had earlier warned of tsunamis for as far afield as Mexico and Peru.

The quake's epicenter was in western Costa Rica about 87 miles from San Jose, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, and it was felt as far away as Nicaragua and Panama.

The Guanacaste region around the epicenter is known for its beaches, surf and volcanoes. With several nature and marine reserves it is less tropical than the rest of the Central American nation, with stretches of open savannah and mountains.

In the town of Nicoya, some 11 km (7 miles) east-southeast of the epicenter, Selenia Obando, a receptionist at the Hotel Curime, said the building had been left without lights and electricity. A floor had collapsed in the hotel but there were no injuries.
"It was horrible, like being in a blender going round and round," Obando said. "All the water sloshed out of the swimming pool. It's now about half full."

There was also an early report of damage to the Hotel Riu Guanacaste on Matapalo beach in Guanacaste.

But America Nava, a reservations clerk with Riu in Mexico, said it had only been evacuated. "There is no damage to the hotel, they're checking it to make sure everything is in order. As soon as that is finished, the guests will return."

Local media reported the death of a woman from a heart attack at the time of the earthquake in a nearby hospital.

Actor Mel Gibson owns a lush forest retreat at Playa Barrigona in Samara not far from the epicenter, which he recently put up for sale for $29.75 million. Guests to the 500 acre property have included Bruce Willis and Britney Spears.
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Reply Tue 23 Oct, 2012 08:20 pm
6.6 Mwp - COSTA RICA

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 6.6 Mwp
Date-Time
24 Oct 2012 00:45:36 UTC
23 Oct 2012 18:45:36 near epicenter
23 Oct 2012 18:45:36 standard time in your timezone
Location 10.118N 85.348W
Depth 39 km
Distances
61 km (38 miles) SSE (168 degrees) of Liberia, Costa Rica
127 km (79 miles) SSW (209 degrees) of San Carlos, Nicaragua
141 km (88 miles) W (276 degrees) of SAN JOSE, Costa Rica
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