Costa Rica Earthquake: 7.9 Quake Triggers Tsunami Warning

By Amir Khan on September 5, 2012 11:11 AM EDT

Costa Rica
Poás Volcano Crater is one of the country's main tourist attractions. (Photo: Creative Commons)

A magnitude 7.9 earthquake rocked northwestern Costa Rica this morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake was centered near the Pacific Coast, 12.4 miles deep.

The earthquake triggered a tsunami warning for all of the Caribbean, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

"Earthquakes of this size have the potential to generate a widespread destructive tsunami that can affect coastlines across the entire Caribbean region," the warning center said.

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