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Costa Rica Earthquake

May 14, 2011 by staff 

Costa Rica EarthquakeCosta Rica Earthquake, The Red Cross said there were no immediate reports of deaths after a 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit Costa Rica. The agitator was felt in much of the Central American nation on Friday night and left without cell phone service in many areas. Costa Rican Red Cross told The Tico Times that there were many reports of relatively minor injuries and damage. Fortunately, no deaths were reported in the post.

The newspaper said people in the capital San José withstood the quake, without worrying too much. “I think after a few days people will forget the incident today,” said Miguel Arce, a construction worker retired. The quake occurred at around 16:47 (2247 GMT) on Friday, 25 kilometers (16 miles) northwest of San José, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, which gave its magnitude 6.0. Felt with particular intensity in the western San José Escaz? And Santa Ana, high-level areas, where many diplomats and foreign business executives have their homes.

“They broke all the windows in my bar,” said an Argentine resident who lives on the sixth floor of a building in Escaz?

Residents in the area around the Juan Santamar? An International Airport reported power outages that affected traffic lights during rush hour daily.

Mobile service was interrupted in some areas and some minor landslides occurred in the highway connecting the capital with the Pacific coast.

“It felt very strong. Some of the paintings on the houses in the condominium fell. People ran away, scared,” Carolina said Diaz, a Chilean who lives in the city center.

Local media reported that the shock waves were felt along the Pacific coast, and with less force on the Caribbean side of the country.

The quake struck at a depth of 70 km (43.5 miles).

Juan Segura, director of Costa Rica Volcanology and Seismology Observatory, said it was caused by the impact of the Cocos and Caribbean plates.

Said it was the worst earthquake in Costa Rica since a 6.2 magnitude earthquake in January 2009 that killed 23 people and destroyed dozens of homes in Poas Volcano, a seaside resort 40 kilometers (25 miles) from capital.

That quake was the strongest to hit the eco-tourism and popular beach resort for 150 years.

Costa Rican Red Cross appealed for calm and urged people “to remain on alert in case of aftershocks.”

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