Costa Rican Earthquake Threatens to Trigger Tsunami


Costa Rica, News

Ayanna Nahmias, Editor-in-Chief
Last Modified: 12:03 PM EDT, 5 September 2012

Costa Rica Earthquake, Photo by Hands 4 HopeSAN JOSE, Costa Rica – At 10:42 am a powerful magnitude-7.6 earthquake rocked the Costa Rican country side about 140 km (87 miles) west of the capital, San Jose.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USG) which tracks earthquake activity around the world reported that the quake rocked Costa Rica on Wednesday, rattling buildings and cutting power in some areas. Resident s reported that water flowed out of pools during the quake.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning to include only Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua. Though the epicenter of the quake was in western Costa Rica it was felt as far away as Managua, the capital of neighboring Nicaragua.

The last major earthquake in Costa Rica was a 6.1 magnitude quake in 2009, which killed 40 people, according to the USGS.

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About Ayanna Nahmias

Ayanna Nahmias was interviewed on Radio Netherlands Worldwide program titled 'The State We’re In,' about her life in Africa and her determination to transcend her past. She started the Nahmias Cipher Report to provide information to readers about life in emerging economies, and to provide alternative insight into the challenges faced by women and children living in these countries. The blog features stories from around the world to inspire other people to persevere and triumph in the face of great adversity. She blogs about current events in emerging economies, international politics, human rights abuses, women’s rights and child advocacy.

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4 Comments on “Costa Rican Earthquake Threatens to Trigger Tsunami”

  1. Waywardspirit Says:

    Way to get it to me quick.
    Enjoyed this very much.
    I feel empathetic and up to date. Perspective didn’t land hard in my stomach either.


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