Sept 5, 2012 M7.6 Earthquake in Costa Rica

On September 5, 2012 at 8:42AM local time a M7.6 earthquake struck beneath the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica at a depth of 40 km. The quake was 10 km from a nearby city of Hojancha and 140 km from the capital of San Jose. Initial reports do not claim any deaths directly due to the shaking. Reports of toppled houses and landslides have been reported. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has issued a tsunami warning for Costa Rica, Panama, and Nicaragua.

EERI member Guillermo Santana at the University of Costa Rica will lead an EERI team, assisted by EERI member Jorge Gutierrez, to document damage associated with this event. Their report will be posted in about a month.

For more information visit: USGS Institute of Engineering Investigations-University of Costa Rica (INII-UCR)