7.6-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Costa Rica

On Wednesday, the Pacific coast of Costa Rica was hit with a 7.6-magnitude quake, the U.S. Geological Survey reports. The epicenter was approximately 87 miles away from the capital city of San Jose.

Authorities issued tsunami warnings for Panama, Nicaragua and the Pacific coastlines of Costa Rica, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

According to Julie Dutton of the USGS, the agency received reports of some damage, but luckily there were no aftershocks. Teletica, a CNN affiliate, also reported that telephone service was knocked out in the cities near the epicenter.

Bill Root, the owner of a hotel in Samara, a city near the epicenter, commented on the strength of the earthquake. “It started out pretty mild, but then it really got going,” he told CNN. “Everything was falling off the shelves and the ground was rolling.”