September 10, 2012

A powerful earthquake rocked Costa Rica on the 5th September 2012, rattling buildings, cutting power in areas of the capital and triggering a tsunami warning.

Residents of San Jose said phones went down, electricity poles rattled on the streets and water spilled out of pools as the magnitude 7.6 quake struck the Costa Rican capital. This was the largest earthquake to hit Costa Rica since a 7.6 quake in 1991 left 47 people dead.

The PERMASTORE® Glass-Fused-to-Steel-Tank currently in operation in Santa Lucia for the local Water Authority Empresa de Servicios Publicos de Heredia SA, and which was full of over 2,000 metric tons of essential Drinking Water, suffered no adverse effects as a result of the severe seismic event. The tank remained in operation throughout, more importantly it was fully functional after the earthquake providing essential drinking water to the local community. “Less well designed structures could have failed” commented a local observer.

A second Tank is currently under construction for Empresa de Servicios Publicos de Heredia SA in the Trebol district which meets the same high design standards.