Today at 8:42 a.m. local time (14:42 UTC), a 7.6 earthquake hit the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The epicenter was Nicoya Península in Guanacaste Province, 80 kilometers (50 mi) from Liberia.
Preliminary reports cite electrical outrages and highway damage. The cell phone network has collapsed. Thus far, two people have been reported missing.
It was also strongly felt in San José and other parts of Costa Rica, as well as in Nicaragua and Panama.
A tsunami alert is still in effect for Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama. The warning was issued initially for the Pacific Ocean basin, as far north as Mexico and south to Chile, and for the Caribbean.