7.9-magnitude earthquake hits Costa Rican coast

7.9-magnitude earthquake hits Costa Rican coast the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

September 5, San Jose: An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.9 struck off the coast of Costa Rica on Wednesday, the United States (US) Geological Survey said.

The quake was recorded on the Costa Rican Pacific coast, about 140 km (95 miles) west of the capital, San Jose, and ran more than 41 km (28 miles) deep.

The epicenter was just nine kilo-meter (five miles) away from the city of Samara.

A tsunami watch was in effect for much of the Caribbean, including along the coastlines of Brazil, Mexico, most countries in Central America and many islands.

“Earthquakes of this size have the potential to generate a widespread destructive tsunami that can affect coastlines across the Caribbean region,” the U.S. government said.

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