Magnitude 6.5 natural disaster strikes near Parrita, Costa Rica

13 November, 2017, 11:23 | Author: Leticia Walters
  • BREAKING NEWS

A strong 6.5-magnitude quake struck close to Costa Rica on Sunday night, leading to landslides and raising fears of casualties.

Costa Rica President Luis Guillermo SolĂ­s Rivera said that the country's authorities were working to gather information about the quake and said that preventive measures would be taken to deal with the impact of the incident.

Otto Vargas, a university professor in San Jose, said: "We're very scared".

The quake hit in a rural area near the touristic city of Jaco, where there are few tall buildings. It did not trigger a tsunami threat in the Pacific.

It was initially was measured at a magnitude of 6.7 and happened about 44 miles southwest of the capital at a depth of 6.2 miles. Social media showed images of supermarkets in Jaco with merchandise strewn across the aisles.

The intensity of the quake was deemed not strong enough to cause any damage on land, The Japanese Meteorological Agency said. There have been no immediate reports of deaths or injuries in Costa Rica.

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