Nicaragua suspends tsunami alert after quake in Pacific Costa Rica

Nicaraguan authorities today suspended early warning of tsunami on the coasts of the Pacific Ocean that had been enacted after the quake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale that struck on Wednesday to Costa Rica and was felt strongly in Nicaragua .

“Officially the tsunami warning and was suspended,” he said at a press conference Brigadier General Mario Perezcassar, secretary General of the Army of Nicaragua.

Perezcassar, former head of the Civil Defense, said that “the sea is of no premonitory sign” that “indicates that this phenomenon (tsunami) can be developed” on the Pacific coast.

The military chief said, however, that will keep 2,000 troops deployed in the 427 miles of Nicaragua’s Pacific coastal area as a preventive measure and for any eventuality.

Nicaragua declared a tsunami early warning because the United States Geological Survey placed the magnitude of the earthquake in Costa Rica first to 7.9 and then 7.6 and issued a tsunami warning.

In Nicaragua “no injuries, no deaths, no regrets and no situation is also no report of any injury or damage to infrastructure”, with “the exception of the alarm of the population,” said Perezcassar.

However, the Nicaraguan authorities decided to suspend classes in public and private schools located in the Pacific, the quake in Costa Rica, which caused the evacuation of several buildings in Managua and telecommunications networks fail.

The Nicaraguan government also expressed solidarity “with the families of Costa Rica sisters”.

The Tsunami Warning Center of the U.S. Pacific (PTWC) Limited today its tsunami warning to the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama and reduced the risk of moderate to high.

The quake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale with its epicenter in the Pacific, Costa Rica rocked at 08.42 local time (14.42 GMT), the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI).

Meanwhile, the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (Ineter) recorded in Costa Rica earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale.

EFE
The Costa Rica News (TCRN)
San Jose Costa Rica

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