7.6 Earthquake shakes Costa Rica
(CNS): The US Geological Survey has confirmed that a powerful 7.6 magnitude earthquake rocked the north-western part of Costa Rica at around 8:40 this morning and a tsunami alert has been issued on the Pacific coast of most of Central and South America. The centre of the quake was about 50 miles south of Liberia and was at a depth of 12.4 miles. According to Reuters it rattled buildings and cut power in some parts of San Jose, the country’s capital. So far there have been no reports of any deaths or serious injuries as a result of the quake.
Power and communications were lost briefly throughout most of the country and there were reports that it could be felt as far away as Nicaragua and El Salvador.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday evening a 5.2-magnitude quake shook the waters north of the British Virgin Islands. The USG said the quake occurred around 65 miles north-northeast of Road Town, and 78 miles north-northeast of Charlotte Amalie in the United States Virgin Islands.
The region north of the British Virgin Islands seems to have been experiencing increased seismic activity in the last few weeks. Tuesday’s quake came a few hours after another 4.2-magnitude tremor in the same vicinity as well as a 4.0 magnitude on Tuesday morning.
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