7.6 quake rattles Costa Rica

NOSARA — A powerful, magnitude-7.6 earthquake shook Costa Rica today. Early reports suggested at least two people were killed in the aftermath. It is reported that an elderly woman died of a heart attack.

The USGS said the 8:42 a.m. quake struck about 60 kilometres from the town of Liberia and 141 kilometres west of the capital, San Jose. It was centred about 41 kilometres below the surface,

In the coastal town of Nosara in northwest Costa Rica, trees shook violently and light posts swayed. Teachers chased primary school students outside.

A tsunami warning was in effect for Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala and Peru and a tsunami watch was in effect for Chile, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said in a bulletin. It said it was unknown if a tsunami was generated, but the warning was based on the size of the earthquake. (Reuters)

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