HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) The earth shook so violently, nine members of the Cove Church from Huntsville working at a mission site near San Jose, Costa Rica were forced to brace themselves until the shaking stopped, according to the team leader.
The 7.6 magnitude earthquake hit at 8:42 a.m., about 38 miles from the town of Liberia, which is about 88 miles from the capital of San Jose. Media reports inside the Central American county indicate some damage but no deaths have been reported.
Pastor Darin Miller says church members at the Hampton Cove church immediately reached out to the group following the quake. The communication was made possible due to an international phone the mission team brought with them on the week-long trip.
"We have never had anything quit this severe happen before,sometimes someone gets sick or something like that, but never a natural disaster has happened like this," Miller told WHNT News 19 Wednesday.
The mission team is working on a building project with the United Methodists on an orphanage in Coronado and leaders say they have no plans of coming home early. They do expect rolling blackouts starting Wednesday evening.
Church leaders say the group will be back in Huntsville Saturday.