7.6 magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Costa Rica: tsunami warnings issued, 2 dead

September 5, 2012COSTA RICA - A powerful 7.6-magnitude earthquake rocked Costa Rica on Wednesday, rattling buildings and cutting power in some areas of the capital. Residents of San Jose said phones went down, electricity poles rattled and water flowed out of pools during the quake. “It was terrible. I was on the third floor, I had never felt anything like it,” said Stephanie Gonzalez, a 25-year-old masters student. The quake’s epicenter was in western Costa Rica about 87 miles from San Jose, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, and it was felt as far away as Managua, the capital of neighboring Nicaragua. “It was very strong, everyone is getting out because of the tsunami alert,” said a worker at the Samara Tree House Inn on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning for Pacific coastlines of Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama. It had earlier warned of tsunamis for as far away as Mexico and Chile. It was the biggest earthquake in Costa Rica, since a 7.6 quake in 1991 left 47 dead. More recently, 40 died in a 6.1 magnitude quake in January 2009. –Reuters
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83 Responses to 7.6 magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Costa Rica: tsunami warnings issued, 2 dead

  1. Chris F says:

    What’s with all the downgrading? All of the major earthquakes in the past few weeks have been immediately downgraded by the usgs. This was first posted as a 7.9, as was the EQ off the coast of El Salvador. Not sure what the difference between a 7.9 and a 7.6 is, but why post it if it’s just gonna change within 5 minutes?

    • SupremeSiddha says:

      They possibly downgrade it to a 7.6 because, when you see a 7.9 its right by 8.0 so it seems like an extreme event, and then people might freak out. Last week they did the same thing, I think its all psychology cuz when you see a 7.6, you go like ah its not that big, when it actually is.

    • Elaine Ray says:

      Today Mr. Obama declared Sept. as Emerg. Preparedness Month. If you go to this link:http://www.spaceweather.com/ you can follow two important factors. One is the activity of solar flares as they are related to the magnetism or magnetic fields (waves) in space and how that relates to our planet’s magnetic-sphere.

      Also, at this link http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=2012 QG42&orb=1 and this: http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=2012 QC8&orb=1 you will see that JPL tracking these two Potentially Hazardous Asteroids that are going to come into close proximity to earth’s magnetic-sphere. I have been tracking this and the last ones came close in early and late Aug.; This is when the http://www.iris.washington.edu/seismon/ IRIS Seismic monitor showed a sharp increase in activity on the pacific rim.

      If these are mearly astroids following on the tail of something much bigger then we could see something very big, perhaps soon. I noticed that the X-Class solar flares increased with the nearness of this large potentially Hazardous Asteroid (s).

      Now, to add alittle reason to this info., the IRIS site has for years shown EQ activity almost on a daily basis. However with the increase in constant activity on the Pacific Rim Plate a person should do their best to prepare. Preparedness brings peace of mind to yourself and give you strength for your loved ones when they need you the most. I have an emerg. prep. shop at http://www.theundefeatedlife.com/Emergency_Supplies_Shop.html ; If anything, it will give you a good idea of what you need. And you can get a free good supply at http://www.survivalfoodkit.com/ You just pay shipping, about 9.00 and some change.

      Keeping sharing love for one another and try to encourage each other. P.S. I am giving away a free ebook on gardening, Use the contact page on my website to request it.

  2. icarus says:

    off the coast? usgs clearly shows there were 4 eq’s of a 7.9 magnitude which all of them supposedly hit the land, not off the coast.

  3. Jake Costa says:

    I am speechless.. I am a 20 year old student and live in Washington, but am currently studying abroad in Costa Rica, this was the first earthquake I’ve ever experienced in my life, I felt so powerless, and seeing everyonelse panicking around you is weird.. I thank the lord that we are ok and nobody was injured.

    Alvin I thank you deeply for blessing so many others and keeping there eyes open, you are a warrior of god :). I have been checking this site daily for about a year now, without it I would be so blinded.

    • You can thank God for that. I’m glad you’re here, following the progression of events and can now see the markers underlying why some of these events are unfolding. I’m grateful for you and pray everyone in Costa Rica is safe and well.

      God bless,

    • Mark says:

      Hang in there jake! Love dad. P.s cant wait to see ya.

    • Dave Aldrich says:

      “Alvin I thank you deeply for blessing so many others and keeping there eyes open, you are a warrior of god :) . I have been checking this site daily for about a year now, without it I would be so blinded.” Amen. May the Lord keep you safe, Jake.

  4. I knew something was coming the seismograph for Mary’s lake in Yellowstone always has a wave pattern in it before a big one hits and then shows it when it does hit. Just shows how magma lets energy flow through it. http://www.isthisthingon.org/Yellowstone/daythumbs.php

    • Paula says:

      Thanks Caroline! I live near Yellowstone and noticed the same thing. God bless the people of the world as these events escalate. Glad you are safe Jake. Paula

    • James says:

      Mary’s Lake has an interesting seismograph for the amount of noise in the chart. Could this be compared to a central nerve for the West Coast from Alaska to South America? Looking back a couple of days at this monitor, have you done a correlation between quakes and when it shows on this seismograph? It looks like it settled back down, but again is picking back up after this quake in Costa Rica.

      I like the EP site and all of the people here. I have learned a lot about this planet just from the people who contribute comments.

      • Yellowstone shows us the pulse of the planet, I advised my son not to move to L.A,Calif. due to the behavior of Yellowstone and all the extinct volcanoes south of it pluming off moisture. He had other job choices and it all worked out great. Now western Momtana has had a 2.5 things are happening.

    • Irene C says:

      Speaking of Yellowstone:
      M3.7 – 19km NE of West Yellowstone, Montana

  5. There have been no tsunami warning for the Pacific Coast area despite that fact that San Diego has received several 5.2 and 4.3 earthquakes continually. Last Weekend there were 11 earthquakes in the S. Calif. region. There was also an earthquake in HI and a tsunami warning due the multiple earthquakes in Japan and regions thereabout. However, no tsunami warning here. After the major quakes to the west of us in Japan and so on; last weekend we had excessively high tides here in the L.A. Coastal areas… So it took about three days to reach here.

    Here is a link to help you monitor earthquakes around the world.

  6. sealed says:

    I live in Nicaragua, about 200 miles North of the eipcenter. We felt it rather strongly here and evacuated the house. It was a rolling type movement that made me dizzy for quite a while and I must say that the NOISE of the earth moving is so eerie.

  7. Susana says:

    Jake, What are you studying in Costa Rica?

  8. Angelsong says:

    Sending love and prayers to those who are being affected by this posting either directly or indirectly. My heart is heavy…God Bless…

    • Cisco says:

      I love the extinction protocol site ur site has so much news that no other site publishes. I used to follow glp but that site is a joke.

      Glad everyone is safe in Costa Rica. But so far no aftershocks could this be a foreshock??? Scary for the pacific plate.

  9. C. Vincent says:

    There were no aftershocks on this earthquake. Is that unusual?

    • Yes. Very. I was just looking at that. We may have another problem.

      • Shiva says:

        What sort of Problem..?
        If ther is no after shocks means something weird inSide it ..?

      • Well, it just means the tension has not equalized along the fault eruption.

      • Jemma Griffith says:

        They seem to of just added an aftershock on USGS 4.5

      • Good observation. Yeah, I saw that just now, Jemma. Looks like we got two; a 4.5 and a 4.4

      • Jemma says:

        They have added another one. What puzzles me is how the USGS has a system in place which will upload the details of the earthquake before it has been reviewed by a seismologist, hence all the downgrading – so why would they wait hours to add the other 2 eq’s? I have a horrid feeling they are covering something more sinister. Things are definitely heating up! Thanks for all your ongoing hard work and dedication to EP.


      • Sure thing, Jemma.

        peace and blessings and thanks for being here.

      • Shelley says:


        I totally agree… we may have a larger problem without the “usual” aftershocks. It’s quite baffling with the amount of larger quakes we’ve had in just the past 2 weeks. It’s even more baffling with the possible tsunami warnings/ low tsunamis, etc. The activity level in general is just amazingly high.

        I hope things settle soon. As always Alvin, thank you so much for your hard work!

      • IMG

        Well, it’s only going to get worse from here. This is why I said in my book, The 7th Protocol, the planet experiences marginal rises in temperature gradient around the equinoxes and it’s the energy transfer event, that happens around this time, with the Sun that I hypothesized regulates the planet from experiencing greater disaster. So the next 180 days will be rough. This is why seismic turbulence across the globe is intensifying… because we’re approaching the Autumn Equinox of September 22.

        Autumn Equinox: September 22, 2012 – moderate to very high flux
        Winter Solstice: December 21, 2012 – moderate to high flux
        Spring Equinox: March 20, 2013 – extremely high flux

      • Mike UK says:

        Unreleased tension, like with Newton’s third law of motion that states: “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction”

      • Carl says:

        Actually there have being some aftershocks ranging from 3 to 4.9..about 160 on the past hours.

  10. Therese says:

    Such interesting information. Yellowstone does not suprise me abit (I’ve had a pattern in mind and it seems to only confirm things for me). The downgrade was anticipated I believe that the USGS compares data and adjusts accordinly.

  11. Fernando says:

    Things in space are starting to heat up and still no one in government warns us on what’s to come thanks prepare people protect the little ones they are what counts

  12. Mike UK says:

    The way things are going I could see the Panama peninsula breaching allowing the Pacific and Atlantic oceans to merge. God only knows what would happen then?

  13. Brandon says:

    What was sad about the article was the fact that somebody was literally scared to death. The only fatality was that of a person dying of a heart attack due to fright. That’s terrible!

    • It is sad. “Men’s hearts failing them for fear for looking after those things coming upon the earth….”

      Herein is the rub. You raise awareness; people accuse you of fearmongering. People slumber on in blissful ignorance, and the body dies from the shock of the event.

      I don’t think people will be vacillating between these extremes too options much longer.

      • Mike UK says:

        But they will. “As in the days of Noah….” Remember?

        Unfortunately us ‘preppers’ wont be able to shut our Ark doors, So another problem we need to resolve and the Bible has no answer for us? A time for bit of Divine or Spirit guidance perhaps, otherwise we will be looted and pillaged by the starving hordes. Though I live in hope not wishing to put God to the test, like with Moses and the Israelites in the wilderness and later with Irgun.

      • You will have to live by your faith, Mike and for some; it will appear God will not answer. That’s why you have to have a faith that can endure almost endless waiting, disappointment, and what, to the world, appears certain abandonment. We should be grooming ourselves now for hardship and disciplining the desires by temperance and self-denial. Now is the time to start excercising the faith that will be needed to sail through the tempest.

        “He that endures to the end; the same shall be saved.” Matthew 24:13

  14. Laura says:

    I haven’t seen reports of aftershocks yet… could this be a foreshock to a greater quake? goodness the tectonic plates are certainly moving.

  15. Willow says:

    Is your friend Kenny still in Costa Rica?

  16. Shiva says:

    Around the globe ‘Eq’ activities became a
    daily Phenomenon. No days were passing without even min: 4.5 Mag: Eq’s but what’s wrong with the peoples. Seems like nobody is opening up their eyes to watch what’s going on on these days.
    I stopped watching TV because of their hidden agendas to hypnotise the mass!!
    Used to visit this site daily .to know the real things happening around us.
    You are doing a great work dear Alvin.


    • Well, the network of you guys watching, reporting, and comforting each other and sharing experiences is even more important. I’m grateful for everyone here and what they contribute and what we all learn from each other.


  17. Wendy says:

    I have a nephew and his new bride in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. Is this an area that needs to be concerned about a tsunami?

    • Basically, stay alert to any warnings and move inland or to high ground if civil defense sirens sound. The traditional wave height from tsunamis, for most of the Caribbean, has been about 20 feet, and it sweeps about 1 to 2 miles inland, at worst case. Use that as a reference point and tell him to just live in awareness; not anxiety or fear. It’s a beautiful place and should be relished every minute for its aesthetic beauty.

      Thanks Wendy,

  18. Jay777 says:

    I am on this whole aftershock issue. This is the first time in my lifetime that I have not heard of any aftershocks after a big earthquake. I live in Southern California and we are always on alert for the big one. But we have heard of the big one coming for so many years, we are immune to the idea of it happening now. But after all the big earthquakes happening in less than a week in the Philippines and El Salvador, it is only a matter of time before a really big one to hit, bigger than Japan’s 2011 earthquake.

  19. Stacy says:

    I heard from people that live there this was a 7.9

  20. Colleen says:

    And sadly…the media continues to cover political events rather than what is happening to our planet. An earthquake of 7.6 getting little attention in the news is sad indeed. I believe folks are becoming so desensitized from all these earthquakes, that 7.9 magnitude is just a little shake up. I felt so sorry for the poor man who died of a heart attack when the quake struck. We are living in very serious times, folks. God help us all to stay close to Him. I pray these people will not suffer any more deaths from this quake.

    • deb says:

      If multitudes of people don’t die and if there isn’t widespread destruction, there’s nothing to cover in their minds, noone to exploit or details that they can beat to death with over the top coverage.

    • tonic says:

      I agree. Media seem to only report shocking events. If the tsunami had been a real threat, then our headlnes would have been full of it. I have lost faint in the media as a place to find warning.
      But as a source that says “Hey look what happened”… it is he best.
      So most of the population on Earth will be oblivious to this earthquake, and the many more to come.
      A global village is remarkable, how could I speak to you, or hear you, without it. But it is coming with a massive price. It just feels like, humankind have focused on technology, and awareness of Earth changes are almost non existant. Most of our society, is focused only on our society, while meanwhile, the cosmos is doing its own thing, but we are just too busy to notice.

  21. Brandon says:

    You mention that it will only get worse from here. What are we looking at?

  22. Pam says:

    3.7m 5 minutes ago in Yellowstone.

  23. Cisco says:

    Yellowstone got a 3.8 EQ. Interesting!!

  24. Justme says:

    3.7 Yellowstone 50min ago

  25. Angelsong says:

    Pray and please read Psalm 91 as this has directly had many impacts in my own life!

  26. The birth pangs talked about in the New Testament. we must prepare.

  27. Fernando Jimenez M says:

    In Perú We have already had many powerful earthquakes 7 to 8.6 in the richter scale for centuries, some of them that lasted from a 1min 20sec to 2 minutes ! It felt like the world was ending but when they stopped , they created a very strange sensation on the people. Now the whole planet is shaking intensely like never before.

  28. Emanni says:

    TEP – “There are now five regions of the world where seismic tension is registering higher than normal: California, the Virgin Islands of the Caribbean plate, Alaska, the Philippines, and Indonesia. Any of these regions are primed for the eruption of large-scale seismic events.”

    Do you think the odds are good (bad) for large scale quakes to erupt simultaneously in two or more of the regions mentioned above; or a chain of large scale eruptions in these regions?

    • E

      Judging from past behavior, it may be more likely to happen in successive fashion, but also I hasten to add; we’ve never been through a major geological shift in the planet’s history- if that’s what’s starting to occur. The planet will be shaken by stronger clusters of large earthquakes because we will see more dynamism between the tectonic plates, as conditions that have promoted stability, heretofore, in the planet’s interior continue to deteroiate and fall out of harmonic balance.

  29. Colleen says:

    Psalm 46, Psalm 91 and Psalm 121. These are wonderful chapters to read and commit to memory for the times in which we live. I have committed them memory for comfort and safety. Did anyone hear about the fiery tornado that happened last night? I think my daughter said it occurred somewhere in California. I have never heard of fiery tornado’s. We are indeed experiencing some really strange events on our planet. I have a feeling we haven’t seen anything yet! Keep on hanging on to your seat belts, for we are in for a very bumpy ride.

  30. James says:

    Who knows what is happening. There have been over 800 tremors on Vancouver Island, British Columbia over the last 2 days (whole southern half of the island). I have never seen it so intense before. Had some people calling the radio station saying they have felt vibration or rumbling for brief periods of time. Wonder what’s cooking off the west coast?

  31. Dave says:

    Spring Equinox: March 20, 2013 – extremely high flux
    Probably why ancient cultures were so obsessed with that time of year, for example at Chichen Itza the sun casts a shadow of a serpent on the equinoxes:

    • Indigenous cultures were more connected to nature than we are now and paid very close attention to these events because they knew they signified change. Heretofore, we’ve always assumed it was strictly for cosmological or religious reasons; not scientific.

      • Dave says:

        I couldn’t agree more… I think the undulating serpent that descends the Temple of Kukulkan every equinox probably symbolises the connection between our planet and the sun. True genius at work there, and no doubt an important message for us…

      • Artoro says:


        This one went a little viro. My prays go out to all who are involved in this disaster, hope you are all safe. Love reading all the post from around the world, what a website. Thanks…

  32. Emanni says:

    3.1 earthquake (36.45N 127.25E) epicenter near Gongam-ri, Banpo-myeon, Gongju-si, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea @ 2:34 am local time.

    I’m curious why USGS never lists these quakes from this region of the world.

  33. Dan says:

    Aftershock Issue – easy, huge eq knocks out power…. Primary systems return several hours later and then proceed to transmit the data…

    That explains the delay / no aftershock mystery

    God bless all

  34. Dana says:

    Alvin, thank you so much for giving me somewhere to turn to when it feels like most everyone I know is more concerned with the latest gadgets. I feel the changes our earth is going through and this site and all who visit and write here, help me to feel not so alone.God Bless you and everyone here.

  35. Dave Aldrich says:

    No updates for a couple of days? Alvin, you’re taken so for granted. I hope you are well, brother. I thank God for you and the insights you bring as a watcher.

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