5.9-magnitude earthquake shakes Costa Rica

October 9, 2010 06:48


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SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — Authorities said a 5.9-magnitude earthquake shook Costa Rica Friday. There were no immediate reports of casualties or serious damage.

The US Geological Survey said the quake's epicenter was 26 miles (41 kilometers) north of the capital, San Jose. Its depth was 61 miles (98 kilometers).

The Costa Rica Seismological and Volcanic Observatory said people across the country reported feeling Friday's quake, especially in the north.

The Red Cross in San Carlos, one of the main cities in northern Costa Rica, said it received no emergency calls. The only apparent damage was the interruption of cellular phone service and goods falling off shelves.

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