Monday, 20 November, 2017

US Geological Survey: Magnitude 6.8 Earthquake Hits off Costa Rica's Coast

Nellie Chapman | 13 November, 2017, 11:26

A strong 6.5 magnitude quake struck the Pacific coast of Costa Rica near its capital city San Jose on Sunday night, but there were no initial reports of injuries or damage to infrastructure.

The USGS initially recorded the quake at a 6.8 magnitude but it has since been downgraded 6.5.

The quake struck off the coast of the Central American country around 10 miles west of the resort city of Jaco, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue a tsunami alert.

Costa Rican officials urged citizens to avoid clogging the emergency lines by not calling 911 unless it was to give information about an urgent situation.

Costa Rica regularly suffers from strong earthquakes.

The news of a quake in Japan follows the devastating 7.2-magnitude natural disaster in Iran-Iraq that killed more than 200 people so far and a 6.5-magnitude quake in Costa Rica. At least 75 people were killed, over 550 were injured and nearly 10,000 people left homeless as a result.