A strong earthquake measuring in at 7.9 on the Richter scale hit the nation of Costa Rica on Wednesday morning, shaking buildings and cutting off the power to much of area surrounding the nation’s capital, San Jose. There were no immediate reports of major damage or loss of life.
The quake’s epicenter appears to have been near Samara, a coastal area about 100 miles from San Jose.
As a result of the quake, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has issued a tsunami warning to all Caribbean nations. The nations that have been warned include Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala and Peru.
There is also a possibility that a tsunami could reach as far as Hawaii. Currently, the state is no under a tsunami warning, but officials said that that could change as more data comes in. The earliest that a tsunami could hit Hawaii would be 2:43 p.m. local time.