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Magnitude 6.5 earthquake hits Costa Rica coast

13 November, 2017 3:45 AM
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A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.5 has shaken Costa Rica, knocking items from shelves and sending people rushing outside in panic.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the earthquake was centered along Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast about 15 kilometers southeast of Jaco, which is about 100 kilometers southwest of the capital of San Jose. The quake was at a depth of about 20 kilometers.

Matt Hogan was at home in Punta Uvita, about a 90-minute drive down the coast from the epicenter when the earthquake hit around 8-30 p.m. Sunday He says the shaking whipped up two-foot waves in his swimming pool and knocked over glasses and containers in the kitchen.


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