Earthquake hits off Costa Rica, no damage reports

A 6.2 earthquake off Costa Rica's Pacific coast shook the capital San Jose on Thursday, but officials reported no casualties or serious damage

Earthquake hits off Costa Rica, no damage reports



A strong magnitude 6.2 earthquake off Costa Rica's Pacific coast shook the capital San Jose on Thursday, but officials reported no casualties or serious damage in the Central American nation.

The earthquake struck 40 miles (60 km) south-south west of San Jose at a depth of 24 miles (39 km), the U.S. Geological Survey said, slightly modifying an earlier estimate. It originally measured the quake as magnitude 6.3.

The national emergencies commission said it had no reports of deaths, serious injuries or bad damage to infrastructure, although some residents near the Pacific coast felt strong shaking.

"It was pretty strong," said Luis Ramirez, a receptionist at the Hotel Vela near Manuel Antonio National Park, one of Costa Rica's top tourist destinations and close to the quake's offshore epicenter. He said things fell over and bottles fell off shelves, but telephone lines were intact in the area.

There was no tsunami warning issued for the Pacific.

"The only reports we have for now are things falling over. There are no reports of impact on infrastructure or the electricity network or to water supply," Vanessa Rosales, president of the national emergencies commission, told Reuters. "Neither are there any reports of deaths or injuries."

Latin America is especially nervous about tremors since massive quakes caused widespread devastation in Haiti and Chile this year.

Reuters
 

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