Powerful 7.6 Earthquake Hits Costa Rica – Photos

Costa Rica’s Minister of Public Safety Mario Zamora walks in the ruins of the Bellavista Catholic Church in Bellavista after a 7.6 magnitude earthquake, in the mountains of Nandayure, 150 km (93 miles) northwest of San Jose September 5, 2012 . A powerful earthquake rocked Costa Rica on Wednesday, killing at least two people, sparking landslides, knocking down buildings, and briefly triggering a tsunami warning. The Red Cross said two people died in Guanacaste, the northwestern province at the epicenter of the earthquake, which split open tarmac roads, cracked gravestones and sent books tumbling off library shelves. REUTERS/Zoraida Diaz

A powerful earthquake shook Costa Rica on Wednesday.

It killed at least two people.

The quake was centered about 38 miles (60 kilometers) from the town of Liberia and 140 kilometres (87 miles) west of the capital, of San Jose.

The magnitude was estimated at 7.9 but soon downgraded to 7.6.

Three strong aftershocks of magnitudes 4.6, 4.5 and 4.4 followed the powerful earthquake.

The quake was deep, at 25 miles (41 kilo meters) below the surface, so it caused less damage.

This area is a seismically active zone where the Cocos tectonic plate dives beneath the Caribbean plate. 

It was reported that roads were cracked, some houses, buildings and at least one bridge were damaged.

It also caused landslides which blocked highways.

In the town of Hojancha, a few miles (kilometers) from the epicenter, city official Kenia Campos said the quake knocked down some houses and landslides blocked several roads.

This is a disaster!

A powerful, magnitude-7.6 earthquake shook Costa Rica and a wide swath of Central America on Wednesday, collapsing some houses, blocking highways and causing panic and at least one death from a heart attack. (Sept. 5, 2012)
A powerful earthquake rocked Costa Rica on Wednesday – damaging buildings and briefly triggering a tsunami warning.
Earth partially covers a road after a landslide was triggered by an earthquake in Samara, Costa Rica, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. A powerful, magnitude-7.6 earthquake shook Costa Rica and a wide swath of Central America on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Danica Coto
This photo posted to an Instagram account belonging to a person identified as Callie McCoy, shows videos strewn on the floor of a video store at the Paseo de las Flores mall in San Jose, Costa Rica, after an earthquake struck Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Callie McCoy via Instagram)
A wall at the University of Costa Rica’s school of electrical engineering is damaged after an earthquake in San Jose, Costa Rica, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Thomas Dooley)

Flood In Brazil-Photos

Heavy rains in northeastern Brazil caused torrential floods.

Brazil is in South America.

There were heavy rains in Central America too.

At least 44 people were killed and hundreds of people are still missing.

The flood damaged roads, bridges, rail tracks and buildings.

The entire town of Branquinha is badly damaged by the flood.

Below are some photos of the disaster from AP.

In this photo released by Agencia Brasil, a broken bridge stands in a swollen river after heavy rains in the city of Barreiros in Pernambuco state, Brazil, Wednesday, June 23, 2010. Rescuers searched Wednesday for 600 people declared missing after torrential floods ripped through cities in northeastern Brazil. The death toll rose to 44 after three bodies were found overnight. (AP Photo/Antonio Cruz, Agencia Brasil)

In this photo released by Agencia Brasil, a collapsed bridge lays in a swollen river as flood waters fill the city of Barreiros in Pernambuco state, Brazil, Wednesday, June 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Antonio Cruz, Agencia Brasil)

Photos of Giant Sinkhole In Guatemala City

Tropical Storm Agatha brought heavy rains to Guatemala City at the end of May 2010.

The rain caused a giant sinkhole in the city.

The sinkhole swallowed at least one three-story building!

It was a disaster.

Guatemala City is the capital of Republic Guatemala.

It is also the largest city in Central America.

Below are photos from AP.

A sinkhole created by tropical storm Agatha covers a street intersection in downtown of Guatemala City on Sunday, May 30, 2010. Torrential rains brought by the first tropical storm of the 2010 season pounded Central America and southern Mexico, triggering deadly landslides.(AP Photo/STR)

Neighbors gather near the site of a sinkhole in Guatemala City May 30, 2010. REUTERS/Daniel LeClair