Friday, 19 October, 2018

Costa Rica 'rocked' by massive natural disaster

Costa Rica rattled by magnitude 6.8 earthquake Costa Rica rattled by magnitude 6.8 earthquake
Kenny Thornton | 13 November, 2017, 11:01

A magnitude-6.5 natural disaster has struck off the south coast of Costa Rica on Sunday afternoon (local time).

Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis said authorities were gathering information and asked residents to remain calm and to be prepared for any possible aftershocks.

Otto Vargas, a university professor in San Jose, said: "We're very scared".

The quake occurred at 8.28 pm local time on the Central American country's Pacific coast, at a depth of 20 kilometers (12 miles), close to the popular tourist beach town of Jaco.

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Electricity was knocked out in some areas as power lines and poles fell, but there were no reports of major infrastructure damage from the tremor, which hit in a lightly populated area along the Pacific Coast. Social media showed images of supermarkets in Jaco with merchandise strewn across the aisles.

The quake reportedly hit 182 miles southeast of the city of Kamaishi, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

The intensity of the quake was deemed not strong enough to cause any damage on land, The Japanese Meteorological Agency said.

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