Costa Rica hit by 6.5-magnitude quake


A strong quake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.5 shook Costa Rica on Sunday night, knocking items from shelves and sending people rushing outside in panic.

Neighboring El Salvador's civil protection agency tweeted that the quake caused some electrical posts to fall, while the civil protection agency in neighboring Panama said there were no reports of damage there.

While power was largely unaffected, there were reports of some areas close to the epicenter losing electricity and cellphone transmission.

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According to the National weather service, the United States threat of tsunamis in the Pacific ocean there.

Magdalena Lopez, who lives in Jaco, said the tremor started softly, but quickly strengthened.

A strong quake, measuring 6.5 according to a U.S. seismological agency, rocked Costa Rica late Sunday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. "All of our neighbors were in the street".

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

President Luis Guillermo Solis said via Twitter that the government was still gathering information.

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