SAN JOSE, Costa Rica - Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla said there were no deaths caused by a powerful earthquake that hit Costa Rica on Wednesday, contradicting the Red Cross, which had initially said two people were killed.

"There weren't any lives lost or serious physical injuries as a result of the events this morning," Chinchilla told a news conference in the capital San Jose.

The 7.6 magnitude quake was first thought to have claimed two lives, but the Red Cross later revised its estimate and said one woman died in the quake when she suffered a heart attack. That was not included by Chinchilla in her tally.

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