- Posted September 5, 2012 by
Hojancha, Costa Rica, Costa Rica
Costa Rica – Major 7.6 along the coast Pacific – 5 September, 2012 1442 UTC
Costa Rica – A major 7.6 earthquake has struck along the Pacific prompting Tsunami Watches and Warnings for the Pacific. The epicenter is along the northwestern coast of Costa Rica in a moderately populated region. Expect major damage.
Preliminary Earthquake Report
• 5 Sep 2012 14:42:10 UTC
• 5 Sep 2012 08:42:10 near epicenter
• 5 Sep 2012 07:42:10 standard time in your timezone
• 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
It is not known that a tsunami was generated. This warning is based only on the earthquake evaluation. An earthquake of this size has the potential to generate a destructive tsunami that can strike coastlines near the epicenter within minutes and more distant coastlines within hours.
An evaluation of the pacific wide tsunami threat is underway and there is a possibility that Hawaii could be elevated to a watch or warning status.
The tsunami watch for the Caribbean is cancelled because it was meant for the Pacific and was inadvertently sent to the Caribbean by mistake.
Watches & Warnings
The earthquake magnitude is reduced to 7.6 the warning area is reduced...so the warning is cancelled for el Salvador...Honduras...Mexico...Colombia...Ecuador...Guatemala and Peru.
A tsunami warning is in effect for
Costa Rica / Panama / Nicaragua
Damage Estimate: Moderate to major damage is expected within 40 miles of the epicenter.