No tsunami threat for Hawaii after 7.6 magnitude earthquake hits Costa Rica

Courtesy: Pacific Tsunami Warning Center
Courtesy: Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

HOJANCHA, Costa Rica (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says a powerful 7.6 magnitude earthquake in Costa Rica did not trigger a tsunami threat for Hawaii.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the earthquake happened at 4:42 a.m. (HST), six miles northeast of Hojanca. Initial reports had centered the quake off shore.

The warning center issued a tsunami warning for Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua immediately after the quake, but cancelled the warning shortly after 7 a.m. Hawaii time.

Costa Rica officials tell the Associated Press that the quake collapsed some homes, blocked some highways and cause some panic. At last check, there were no reports of deaths.

According to the AP, trees also shook violently and light posts swayed in the coastal town of Nosara.

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Here is a link to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

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