Power was knocked out across Costa Rica’s capital after a magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck off the country’s Pacific Ocean coastline, shaking buildings and triggering tsunami warnings across Central America.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a tsunami warning for Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua, and authorities as far south as Chile did the same.
The quake, which lasted about 15 seconds in the capital, struck 52 miles south of Liberia along Costa Rica’s Pacific Ocean coastline, a popular tourist destination. It was initially estimated at 7.9 magnitude before being revised downward by the U.S. Geological Survey.
It was not immediately clear how much damage the quake had caused and whether there were any casualties, though in the capital San Jose traffic was moving slowly.